The resolutions committee is seeking resolutions for consideration during the 2017 Missouri PTA Annual Convention in Columbia, MO. Has your Unit or Council identified an area of concern MO PTA should focus efforts? If so please submit your ideas to us for consideration to be adopted statewide.
- All resolutions packets must be RECEIVED electronically at Missouri PTA no later than October 21, 2016.
- You can download the Resolution Handbook and worksheet in the MO PTA tool kit. You can access the Tool Kit by logging into the member’s only section here.
- Resolutions received after the deadline will not be presented at the 2017 Annual Convention.
- Early submission is encouraged. If parts of the resolution or background information are missing, or if edits are necessary, the submitter will need to work with a committee member to ensure the final submission is completed by the deadline date.
- Fax and hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
For more info, see our PTA Resolutions Toolkit. This is the guide National PTA publishes and is our preferred method of receiving Resolutions.
Funding Public Education 1995
Parent Teacher Conferences 1983
School Bus Driver’s Qualifications 2000
Accreditation As Soon As Possible (ASAP)
Current Missouri law provides only one avenue of action by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) when a school district becomes classified as unaccredited. In addition, due to a fixed timeframe, DESE may not take action for two full academic school years, which equates to nearly three calendar years. Missouri PTA believes every child must be provided with a well-rounded, high-quality education, which will ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Accreditation As Soon As Possible (ASAP) would allow DESE greater flexibility with regard to timing and restructuring when a school district becomes unaccredited. In addition, this change in the law would provide for public engagement related to the change in governance of unaccredited schools. Missouri PTA supports Accreditation As Soon As Possible legislation as outlined in the filed 2012 House Bill 1174 and Senate Bill 677.
Recently Mega Sales Tax, Consumption Tax or Everything Tax, initiative petitions have been filed in Missouri. These initiatives propose replacing our current state income tax structure with a state sales tax on goods and services. Due to the state’s decline in sales tax revenue over the past several years and economists predictions, this new tax structure would very likely result in a shortfall of over $2 billion dollars in revenue. Shortfalls to education funding would result in forcing local districts to raise property taxes thus shifting a greater burden of education funding from the state and directly onto local communities. Currently Missouri PTA under the Financing Education Resolution believes the state should be responsible for maintaining at least 50% of education funding. In addition, there are very few exemptions to the proposed tax structure. Tuition and fees for education is one of those exemptions thus providing a tax credit for individuals who enroll their children in nonpublic schools. Missouri PTA under the Resolution Tax Credits has long been opposed to any type of tax credit received by a parent or sponsor for nonpublic elementary or secondary education tuition. Finally, the proposed tax structure will tax food, currently exempt from state general sales tax, and no credits, rebates or allowances are offered for low-income families. National PTA has long held the belief that proper nutrition is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle, and holds the position that states should provide assistance to families when needed with regard to nutritional health.
Do to the nature of the proposed initiatives to constitutionally change the structure of our states general revenue income and the harmful effects that may result in the funding of education and general welfare of children, Missouri PTA is opposed to Consumption Tax Initiatives.