Legislative Priorities

  • Columbia Board of Education Legislative Priorities School Board Governance and Operations
    We support:
    • Local authority for decision making regarding school calendar, open enrollment, class size 
    Finance and Funding
    We support:
    • Full funding of the foundation formula; maintain integrity of current foundation formula; non-negotiable and with no further downward changes to adequacy targets
    • Summer school funding
    • Full funding for transportation; allow local school districts and their communities to cooperate on bus systems
    • Full funding of mandates at federal (ESSA, IDEA, McKinney-Vento, Title I) and state levels (such as dyslexia screening)
    • Legislation to enhance federal and state funding, such as cigarette tax, Internet sales tax
    • Simple majority for passage of bond issues
    • Continued review of effectiveness of tax credits
    We oppose:
    • Any legislation that diverts or reduces revenue from the public schools
    • Diverting state funds from public schools by any means, including tuition tax credits/vouchers
    • Redirecting resources from public schools to unproven, for-profit charter schools until the charter reforms passed in 2012 are implemented and proven effective
    Curriculum and Instruction
    We support:
    • Local control of all aspects of our schools, including curricular decisions
    • Less emphasis on state-mandated standardized tests
    • Work to address the impending teacher shortage
    • Visiting scholars certificate of license to teach (HB97) 
    We support:
    • Legislation that allows districts to establish their own teacher/administrator evaluation model
    • Continuation of equitable funding of professional development to improve personnel effectiveness
    • Legislation that indemnifies school boards from lawsuits
    School, Community, and Family Relations
    We support:
    • Funding for quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten education
    • Funding for career and technical education and career development programs
    • Revising HB1583
    • Continuation of the current independence, structure, and governance of the Missouri State High School Activities Association