JC/DC ACTION ALERT: STOP THE POLITICIZATION OF DESE

Missouri’s State Board of Education is framed by the Missouri Constitution to be both bipartisan and independent of state politics.  This purposeful intent makes Missouri unique and our Department of Education has been afforded stability and flourished under this design.  Board members are appointed by the Governor and then approved by the Senate.

Over the last few months Governor Greitens has made five interim appointments and revoked the appointments of two appointees.  Currently the Senate is out of session and therefor has yet to review and approve or disapprove the appointments.  It has been widely reported the Governor wishes to have the current Commissioner removed in order to bring in an out-of-state individual. This individual is being brought in to appease political donors and forces from outside MO. This is in direct opposition to MO PTA’s stance that schools operate best under local control. A special meeting was called and a vote was taken. The motion was defeated however, this will not stop these individuals. December 1st the State Board of Education will convene in a regular meeting. It is our fear that the Governor will again seek to impose his will for DESE.

Missouri PTA is deeply concerned with the politicization that is currently occurring with regard to the State Board.  Our children, all our children, do best when non-political independent individuals focus on what is best for kids instead of their own political aspirations. Our state operates best when it is under local control both at the state, county, city and community level. Outside forces and big money does not have MO children’s best interest at heart. Local control is best for education and our students. Please join us in advocating for local control!

If you are concerned as advocates of education for all children please contact the following:

Senate Committee on Gubernatorial Appointments

MO State Board of Education, sbe@dese.mo.gov , request email be sent to all members

and your State Senator

Let them know your thoughts on this matter. Below is a letter you can copy and edit with your information to easily contact all those mentioned above.

 

Thank you,

Carla Wiese

VP and Director of Legislation and Advocacy

There have been several articles posted lately regarding this development:

 

Dear (insert title),

 

I do not believe that the current actions Governor Greitens has taken with DESE is in the best interest of the children of Missouri. The Governor is trying to bring in a Commissioner with no ties to MO other than appeasing forces and political donors outside of MO. He has made five appointments that have yet to be confirmed by the Senate. I believe that these members need to be properly vetted and voted upon prior to making any decisions that could be detrimental to all the gains in education MO has experienced.

 

Our children, all our children, do best when non-political independent individuals focus on what is best for kids instead of their own political aspirations. Our state operates best when it is under local control both at the state, county, city and community level. Outside forces and big money does not have MO children’s best interest at heart. Please do not allow the politicization of DESE.

 

Thank you,

(your name)

(PTA Unit)


JC/DC ACTION ALERT: Missouri State Board Call to Action

Missouri’s State Board of Education is framed by the Missouri Constitution to be both bipartisan and independent of state politics.  This purposeful intent makes Missouri unique and our Department of Education has been afforded stability and flourished under this design.  Board members are appointed by the Governor and then approved by the Senate.

 

Over the last few months Governor Greitens has made five interim appointments.  Currently the Senate is out of session and therefor has yet to review and approve or disapprove the appointments.  It has been widely reported the Governor wishes to have the current Commissioner removed in order to bring in an out-of-state individual.

 

Three newly appointed interim members to the State Board of Education (Claudia Greim, Dough Russell, & Eddie Justice) are calling for a special meeting to discuss the firing of the current Commissioner of Education, Dr. Margie Vandeven.  This comes after developments this past September when Melissa Gelner’s appointment was revoked after she refused to agree with a request from the Governor’s to fire the Commissioner.

 

Missouri PTA is deeply concerned with the politicization that is currently occurring with regard to the State Board.  Our children, all our children, do best when non-political independent individuals focus on what is best for kids instead of their own political aspirations.

 

If you are concerned as advocates of education for all children let both the State Board of Education and your State Senator know your thoughts on this matter.

 

Emails can be send to the State Board of Educations at sbe@dese.mo.gov, request your email be distributed to all board members.

 

State Board of Education members:

Charlie Shields – President

Vic Lenz – Vice President

Michael Jones

*Claudia Greim

*Eddy Justice

*Dough Russell

*Tim Sumners

*Marvin “Sonny” Jungmeyer

 

*Newly appointed State Board members

 

The have been several articles posted lately regarding this development

• STL Today – Greitens Attempt to Oust Top School Official Appears Back On

• STL Today – In Five Months Gov Greitens Has Turned Over More Than Half the State School Board

• STL Today – Ex-School Board Member Accuses Governor of Strong-Arm Tactics


Tell Your Members of Congress to Invest in Family Engagement!

Dear Public Education Advocate,

Right now, Congress is debating what federal programs to fund next year. Make sure they know you demand funds to increase family engagement in public education.

Send a letter to your members of Congress TODAY urging them to fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) at $10 million in fiscal year 2018.

Time is running out, so we have made it easy for you to make your voice heard and increase family engagement funding. All you need to do is click on the “Take Action” button below to send a letter to your members of Congress.

Thank you for your continued support for family engagement in education,

National PTA Government Affairs Team

Tell Your Members of Congress to Invest in Family Engagement!


STOP Cuts to Classrooms Campaign Extended to December

Dear PTA Leaders,

The deadline to fund the federal government was extended to December 8, 2018. Therefore, National PTA has decided to extend our #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign to December 8 to continue to spread our message and advocate for greater federal investments in public education.

PTA members nationwide made their voices heard through social media to #STOPCutsToClassrooms from July through September amounting to millions of shared posts to raise awareness of the critical  need to invest in federal education programs. As Congress is still working to fund the government for next year, we too still have a job to do as PTA advocates to ensure every child receives a quality education and reaches their full potential.

So we are asking every state PTA, local unit and PTA member to get involved in the #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign again by participating in Funding Fridays on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Attached is an updated social media toolkit with specific tweets and posts you can use each Friday from November 3 to December 1.

Sample Social Media Posts for November 3 

Twitter

  • Tell your friends to send a letter to Congress TODAY requesting to #STOPCutsToClassrooms & invest in education https://goo.gl/Y5z3rH
  • #RaisetheCaps to adequately invest in ED programs in FY18 and #STOPCutsToClassrooms @SenateGOP @HouseGOP @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats
  • Join @NationalPTA & Education advocates nationwide TODAY for Funding Friday to #STOPCutsToClassrooms PTA.org/STOPCuts 

Facebook

We are joining National PTA in Funding Fridays to say #STOPCutsToClassrooms! Send a letter to your member of Congress TODAY asking them to #STOPCutsToClassrooms and ensure funding for public education is more than 2% of the federal budget in fiscal year 2018. Make your voice heard by sending a letter at https://goo.gl/Y5z3rH.

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You can find additional information about the #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign at PTA.org/STOPCuts. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Joshua L. Westfall

Government Affairs Manager

National PTA®

1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Office: (703) 518-1249 |Cell(571) 289-8258

jwestfall@pta.org www.pta.org


JC/DC Alert: Tell Congress to Invest in Public Education!!!

Dear Advocates—

Thank you for taking action to #StopCutsToClassrooms! Your voice has helped raise awareness about the cuts to education funding that are hurting our schools and the critical need for Congress to make sure funding for public education is more than 2% of the federal budget.

While the first phase of the #StopCutsToClassrooms campaign has been a great success, our work isn’t done yet.  We’re counting on you to send a letter to your member of Congress demanding federal funding for public education is more than 2% of the budget. Congress hasn’t passed a budget yet, so there is still time to make your voice heard!

To make it easy for you– we have a letter ready to go. All you need to do is make sure to send this letter to your members of Congress and encourage others in your network to do the same.

Thank you for your continued support to #StopCutsToClassrooms,
National PTA Government Affairs Team

Tell Congress to Invest in Public Education and #STOPCutsToClassrooms!


SFEC Amendment Passed!

The SFEC amendment just passed the House floor en bloc!!!  Way to go, PTA advocates!!

You can see the amendment listed as part of the Cole En Bloc 4 here.  Scroll down to Amendments to Division F – (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies). The amendment is #166.

Thank you for all your advocacy!! It worked!!  Now we need to get the funding into a final bill that will also need to pass in the Senate.

Sincerely,

National PTA Government Affairs

Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs

National PTA®

P: (703) 518-1243 | C: (703) 405-5206

jball@pta.org www.pta.org @balljacki


National PTA Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 6, 2017)–Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated March 2018. With the six-month delay in enforcement, Congress now has the opportunity to address the issue of immigration in a fair, appropriate and equitable way.

“With the announcement that the DACA program will be rescinded, our attention turns to Congress to urge bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Now, policymakers have a momentous opportunity towork together to provide real solutions that benefit our nation’s diverse and talented youth and their families,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA encourages our 4 million members to mobilize by reaching out to their members of Congress, urging them to pass legislation that provides the young immigrants who have received protection under DACA the ability to reach their fullest potential. Their future and our nation’s future depend on it.”

National PTA has long believed that every child residing in the United States—regardless of their immigration status—has the right of access to a high-quality public education, adequate food and shelter, and basic health care services. Ensuring that all children, including immigrant children, have the opportunity to become productive members of society is essential and in the best interest of the nation.

“Access to an education and essential services is the most effective method to give children—and our nation—the best opportunity to succeed. These services should not be denied to any child,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “At National PTA, our motto is ‘Every Child, One Voice,’ and one of our founding principles is to advocate for children and families who are most vulnerable. With yesterday’s announcement, our association raises our voice for the 800,000 young immigrants who are impacted.”

 About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org(703) 518-1242


Action Alert – STOP Cuts to Classrooms

Dear PTA Leaders,

At National PTA’s Annual Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Executive Director Nathan Monell outlined the funding hardships that our public schools and children are facing and mentioned a new campaign – STOP Cuts to Classrooms – we are launching this summer. We are excited to let you know that tomorrowJuly 7, National PTA is debuting a nationwide campaign—from July 7 to September 29—to raise public awareness that federal funding for education—accounting for only 2% of the federal budget—is an inadequate investment for our children.

We need every state PTA, local unit and PTA member to help to make this initiative a success and STOP Cuts to Classrooms!

Here are ways that you can help with this effort:

  1. Share this campaign through your social media networks and PTA communication channels starting now! (a sample newsletter blurb is available below)
  2. Participate in tomorrow’s Funding Fridays on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to raise awareness that 2% of federal funding for public education is inadequate (See this Social Media Toolkit with sample tweets).
  3. Sign the petition to #STOPCutsToClassrooms to make your voice heard and receive regular updates on the campaign, additional ways to take action and next steps in the funding process.
  4. Visit National PTA’s #STOPCutsToClassrooms webpage to learn more about federal funding for public education

Sample Social Media Posts

Twitter

  • Join @NationalPTA in a nationwide campaign to #STOPCutsToClassrooms http://www.pta.org/stopcuts
  • Starting July 7 join edu advocates for Funding Fridays #STOPCutsToClassrooms – http://bit.ly/2uOUHaE
  • Our children & public educ system deserves adequate funding. Join w/ @NationalPTA to #STOPCutsToClassrooms –http://bit.ly/2uONWFN
  • It’s time 2 advocate 4 adequate federal funding for public education. Take part in #STOPCutsToClassroomscampaign –http://bit.ly/2uONWFN
  • Join @NationalPTA every Friday and help spread the word to Congress to #STOPCutsToClassroomshttp://bit.ly/2uOUHaE

Facebook

National PTA is running a nationwide campaign—from July 7 to September 29—to raise public awareness that federal education funding—accounting for only 2% of the federal budget—is an inadequate investment for our children. We will need every PTA member and their education advocacy network to help in order to make this nationwide campaign a success to #STOPCutsToClassrooms and ensure funding for public education is more than 2% of the federal budget in this next fiscal year! To participate and learn more about federal funding for education go to www.PTA.org/STOPCuts.

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