Sunday, April 8, 2018
ACTION ALERT: PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR CONCERNING CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANSION
Dear CMNEA friends,
I share the following link with you about a bill being sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Roeber, from House Dist. 34. Although a retired school teacher from the Raytown School District, her bill- if passed into law, would allow for charter schools to operate across Missouri. As you know, this will hurt many of our school districts in rural areas, as well as take monies away from all public schools.
MNEA takes the stance that charter schools do not have the same standards as public schools follow to ensure the education and protection of the students attending public schools. MNEA would like to see charter schools have the same/similar standards, as well as be held accountable to an elected body such as school boards.
If you are interested in writing to your legislator about this bill or write to oppose this bill, then please feel free to write to your elected official. The link will provide the name. Please write soon.
House majority party leaders have been working recently to urge caucus members to support HB 2247 (Roeber). The bill would allow charter schools to be sponsored by outside entities (other than the local school board) and operate in many districts around the state.
The bill is likely to come up for House floor debate very soon. The Association opposes the bill and asks that you contact your State Representative using the link below.
Guided by the revised MNEA Position Paper on charter schools, the Association believes that charter schools should be sponsored by and accountable to the local community through the elected school board and approved only after an impact study is conducted by the district to consider the proposal. School board sponsorship ensures that the board can plan the use of all school funds and implement the services and programs that meet the needs of all students in the community.
All charter schools should be subject to the same standards of accountability, transparency and respect for the rights of students, parents and staff as are applicable to traditional public schools. HB 2247 does not enact these reforms, and the Association opposes the bill.
ACTION NEEDED: IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, please call, write or use the link below to send an e-mail to urge your State Representative to oppose HB 2247.
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