JC/DC Action Alert: Urge Congress to Pass Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

PTA members have been urging Congress to work across the aisle on gun safety and gun violence prevention, including taking to Capitol Hill just last week on June 15 demanding Congress prioritize the safety and well-being of all of our children. Additionally, nearly 45 state PTAs have also now endorsed a letter by our President, Anna King, addressed to House and Senate Leadership and shared widely amongst Hill offices insisting that the time is long overdue for action following the tragedy in Uvalde, TX.

On June 21, a group of Republican and Democratic Senators introduced the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, legislation representing an important, historic step towards protecting all of our children from gun violence. The legislation includes key priorities that PTA members have been fighting for, including investments in community violence intervention and crisis intervention programs, strengthening of the federal background checks process and enhanced background checks for buyers under 21, supporting state red flag laws, and expanding access to mental health services for children and families. Thanks to the efforts of PTA members like you, the final bill also includes significant funding to address the shortage of mental health professionals in our nation’s schools and invests in mental health education and training for school staff.

We are hearing this bill will be considered THIS WEEK! Contact your Senators TODAY to urge them to vote YES on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act! Safety cannot wait any longer, and our priority as a nation must be our children. Senator Blunt was one of the 10 senators to draft this legislation so make sure you thank him. Senator Hawley voted “NO” to the initial draft so I encourage you to urge him to vote “YES” to keep ALL children safe.

Click HERE to take action now!

Carla Wiese

President, Missouri PTA


JC/DC ACTION ALERT: Open Enrollment in Missouri Public Education

**FULL HOUSE VOTE THURSDAY**

 

Missouri PTA needs you to contact your Representatives now and ask your Representative to VOTE NO on HB1814 Open Enrollment Bill

 

Missouri PTA is opposed to HB1814

 

House Bill 1814 creates open enrollment throughout Missouri and it will have a final House vote Thursday.

Missouri PTA is concerned about this bill’s negative impact on school consolidation, special education and school finances. PTA believes that any changes in school structure or funding should be measured by the likely outcomes for all children in accord with the obligation to prepare all children to become effective, productive adult citizens.

Missouri PTA advocates are called upon to ensure your Representatives understand that you are paying attention and that these issues are important to you!

ACTION NEEDED: PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL and urge your State Representative to oppose HB1814 

MOPTA Advocates are invited to utilize the letter below to guide your calls, emails, and social media contact with your lawmaker(s).

Dear Representative,

I am writing today to add my voice with the dozens of parents and educators who express opposition to HB1814.  

The open enrollment policy created in this bill will harm Missouri students, schools, and communities.  This legislation could lead to school consolidation across the state making it more difficult to serve Missouri’s most vulnerable students.  It will also lead to many districts struggling to maintain educational programs they offer such as choir, band, and athletic programs.

Missouri PTA and other public school advocates are opposed to bills that will pit school districts against each other to compete for students and the funds associated with them. Funding that would normally go toward student learning would be spent on recruiting and competing with neighboring districts.

HB1814 allows districts that engage in open enrollment to discriminate against special education students, denying their participation in the program based on their needs.

The focus should be on supporting and improving our schools and all populations rather than tearing them apart. The focus needs to turn to supporting and building stronger schools in each of our communities. Each community is unique and to say that open enrollment would benefit all students is misleading and grossly misunderstood. However, the impact will be felt by all due to the financial hardship it will cause for districts.

I strongly encourage you to oppose HB1814 and vote against this legislation. 

Sincerely,

Your Name and PTA

Not sure how to contact your legislators? Click Here and enter your street address or zip code. 

 

Paula McKinney
Vice President of Legislation and Advocacy 
Missouri PTA

Vice President & Director of Legislation and Advocacy

paulam@mopta.org


JC/DC ACTION ALERT: Open Enrollment in Missouri Public Education

Missouri PTA needs you to contact your Representatives now and ask your Representative to VOTE NO on HB1814 Open Enrollment Bill

 

Missouri PTA is opposed to HB1814

 

House Bill 1814 creates open enrollment throughout Missouri and it could be heard in the House as soon as Monday.

Missouri PTA is concerned about this bill’s negative impact on school consolidation, special education and school finances. PTA believes that any changes in school structure or funding should be measured by the likely outcomes for all children in accord with the obligation to prepare all children to become effective, productive adult citizens.

Missouri PTA advocates are called upon to ensure your Representatives understand that you are paying attention and that these issues are important to you!

ACTION NEEDED: PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL and urge your State Representative to oppose HB1814 

MOPTA Advocates are invited to utilize the letter below to guide your calls, emails, and social media contact with your lawmaker(s).

Dear Representative,

I am writing today to add my voice with the dozens of parents and educators who express opposition to HB1814.  

The open enrollment policy created in this bill will harm Missouri students, schools, and communities.  This legislation could lead to school consolidation across the state making it more difficult to serve Missouri’s most vulnerable students.  It will also lead to many districts struggling to maintain educational programs they offer such as choir, band, and athletic programs.

Missouri PTA and other public school advocates are opposed to bills that will pit school districts against each other to compete for students and the funds associated with them. Funding that would normally go toward student learning would be spent on recruiting and competing with neighboring districts.

HB1814 allows districts that engage in open enrollment to discriminate against special education students, denying their participation in the program based on their needs.

The focus should be on supporting and improving our schools and all populations rather than tearing them apart. The focus needs to turn to supporting and building stronger schools in each of our communities. Each community is unique and to say that open enrollment would benefit all students is misleading and grossly misunderstood. However, the impact will be felt by all due to the financial hardship it will cause for districts.

I strongly encourage you to oppose HB1814 and vote against this legislation. 

Sincerely,

Your Name and PTA

Not sure how to contact your legislators? Click Here and enter your street address or zip code. 

Paula McKinney
Vice President of Legislation and Advocacy 
Missouri PTA

Vice President & Director of Legislation and Advocacy

paulam@mopta.org

 


Take Action: Urge Congress to Participate in Public Schools Week!

Each year, communities across the United States come together for Public Schools Week to celebrate the importance of our nation’s public schools. This school year there are about 98,000 public schools in the United States serving over 50 million students! National PTA thanks all of our public school administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, specialists, nutrition staff, health professionals, bus drivers and all other key staff that keep our public schools running, especially during this pandemic.

Public schools are open to every child regardless of ability, wealth, country of origin, or needs, and by supporting public school systems we strengthen our country. Join us in urging Congress to designate the week of February 21 through February 25, 2022 as “Public Schools Week” by co-sponsoring the annual, bipartisan, bicameral Public Schools Week Resolution.

In addition, we are encouraging all PTA members to invite their elected representatives to visit their local public school during Public Schools Week to showcase some of the exemplary work of all public school staff and honor our nation’s commitment to public education.

Before you begin coordinating a school visit, check out National PTA’s Hosting a Site Visit for a Decisionmaker webpage where you can find resources for:

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/JYn4F2SZzLttbP0DJ72Qdw