MNEA Special Legislative Update – June 26, 2015
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
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GOVERNOR VETOES STUDENT TRANSFER, VIRTUAL AND CHARTER EXPANSION BILL
Governor Jay Nixon announced on June 26 that he will veto CCS/SCS/HCS/HB 42. The veto was scheduled to be publicized at events in schools in Springfield and Ritenour school districts.
The Association opposes the final version of HB 42 and appreciates the action of the Governor to veto this harmful legislation. MNEA urges legislators to vote in opposition to the bill and sustain the veto, should the bill be brought up for an override attempt in the Veto Session this September.
The legislature has again missed the opportunity to directly address the adverse financial impact caused by the state’s accreditation policy and State Board intervention in conjunction with the student transfer law on districts such as Riverview Gardens and Normandy.
The State Board and the legislature must correct this failing state policy: lack of support and ineffective state interference in local schools. Failing to do so will consign other districts to suffer similar financial and educational harm if designated as unaccredited.
Unfortunately, HB 42 does little to improve the educational outcomes in struggling school districts and communities. The bill doesn’t fully address the student transfer issue. Instead, it undermines local control of schools across the state and enacts an expansion of charter and private virtual schools which is largely unrelated to student transfers and serves to divert public funds for the profit of private or quasi-private schools.
Stay tuned for further updates on opportunities to support the Association’s efforts to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB 42. The Association will need members to contact and meet with legislators to remind them of the many concerns with HB 42 and ensure that it does not become law.
About this veto in the News from progressmissouri.org
NIXON VETOES TRANSFER BILL. Governor Nixon said earlier today that he is vetoing this year’s school transfer bill because it doesn’t solve the problems of unaccredited school districts and creates new difficulties for public education in Missouri.
• Post-Dispatch: Nixon vetoes school transfers bill
• KWMU: Nixon vetoes school bill, saying it doesn’t solve transfer problems
• KC Star: Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfer bill, blocking charter
• KMBC: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto school transfer bill
• KMOX: Nixon Vetoes Student Transfers Bill, Some St. Louis-Area Legislators frustrated
• KC Business Journal: Report: Nixon will veto school transfer bill