Protect Our Local Schools — Vote NO on Amendment 3

We want to bring your attention to Amendment 3 and the Protect Our Local Schools campaign.  Amendment 3 is a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, will affect education employees’ careers, our students’ education and our communities.  It has the power to change Missouri’s public schools as we know them.  Every educator and community … Continue reading

MPSA President appears on Missouri Viewpoints

Two weeks ago, the Missouri House of Representatives followed the lead of the Missouri Senate and voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto of SB509 which cuts future individual and business state income taxes severely.  According to state estimates, the bill will cost the state of Missouri $620 million annually when fully implemented. The morning prior to … Continue reading

Lobbyists gifts to legislators need to end

State Representative John Wright in a March 23 Post Dispatch article shows the need for an end to lobbyists’ gifts to our legislators.  He states, “Lobbyist gifts to Missouri legislators and other public officials surpassed $968,000 in 2013 according the Missouri Ethics Commission data.  That’s the total value of sports tickets, dinners, concert tickets, golfing … Continue reading

Be Careful What You Sign

Petition gatherers are seeking signatures for what they call the Teach Great Initiative (a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment).  In some instances they are telling potential signers they represent the “TEACHGREAT organization, a grass-root group of educators interested in keeping better teachers in public schools.” What the petition hopes to accomplish according to the website is:  “teachers … Continue reading

Missouri K-12 Underfunding by School District

Last week, the Missouri Budget Project came out with an important report containing information on just how much Missouri schools are underfunded. The key findings from the report include: State funding for K-12 education is currently $656 million under its required levels; Nearly 2 out of every 3 of Missouri’s school districts are underfunded by … Continue reading

Response from MPSA President Gary Sharpe to Gov. Nixon’s State of the State Address

Governor Nixon’s Clarion Call to Public School Supporters On Tuesday evening, January 21, Governor Jay Nixon acted as a true advocate for Missouri Public Schools by recommending nearly $500 million in increased STATE funding.  Such action by the STATE is long overdue and is a clarion call for all Missourians who care about the public schools to spring into action. … Continue reading