Legislative Advocacy

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s tradition of excellence is the result of a collaborative effort among its supportive stakeholders.  A persistent focus on meeting the needs of each student will result in a legacy unparalleled by our peers in public education.  This legacy of excellence cannot be left to chance and requires ongoing advocacy on behalf of the close to 18,000 students served by the R-7 School District.  It is our responsibility.

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Voting records from our Missouri General Assembly officials
Sharing a few key legislative votes from this session

The Missouri General Assembly session ended on May 19. The 2017 vote records, our district’s position on each item and links to the actual bills featured in the article below.

  • Senate Bill 313 was approved by the Senate but did not make it to the floor for a House vote. The bill, called Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program, would have established tax credits for students with disabilities, children in foster care and children with parents in active military. Lee’s Summit R-7 opposed this bill with concerns including its cost, lack of accountability and student transfers implications. Similar programs in other states have not proven to aid student learning.
  • Voting records (Senate only and House Committee): Sen. Curls, Sen. Holsman and Sen. Rizzo voted against the bill. Sen. Kraus voted for the bill. As members of the House General Laws Committee, Rep. Cross and Rep. Roeber voted in favor of the bill.
  • House Bill 634 was approved by the House but did not make it to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill would have expanded charter schools within Missouri and was opposed by Lee’s Summit R-7. Concerns include the fact that many charter schools are underperforming in Missouri, the bill would allow open enrollment between districts and accountability is lacking. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Roeber of Lee’s Summit.
  • Voting records (House only): Rep. Brattin, Rep. Cierpiot, Rep. Roeber and Rep. Stacy voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Cross, Rep. Pfautsch, Rep. Rowland and Rep. Runions voted against the bill.
  • Senate Bill 43 addressed unlawful discriminatory practices and was supported by Lee’s Summit R-7. It was approved by both the House and Senate.
  • Voting records: Sen. Kraus, Rep. Brattin, Rep. Cierpiot, Rep. Pfautsch, Rep. Roeber and Rep. Stacy voted in favor of the bill. Sen. Curls, Sen. Holsman, Sen. Rizzo, Rep. Cross and Rep. Runions voted against the bill. Rep. Rowland was absent.
  • House Bill 90, which would have established Narcotics Control Act, was supported by Lee’s Summit R-7. It did not make it to a final vote within the House and Senate and will not have the opportunity to be signed into law by the governor. Voting records for preliminary votes are included.
  • Voting records: Sen. Kraus, Rep. Brattin, Rep. Cierpiot and Rep. Stacy voted against the bill. Sen. Curls, Sen. Rizzo, Rep. Cross, Rep. Pfautsch, Rep. Roeber, Rep. Rowland and Rep. Runions voted in favor of the bill. Sen. Holsman was absent.
  • House Bill 97, the Visiting Scholars Certificate (including the Northland CAPS program), was supported by Lee’s Summit R-7. It was approved by the House. No vote was taken in the Senate.
  • Voting records (House only): Rep. Brattin, Rep. Cross, Rep. Pfautsch, Rep. Roeber, Rep. Rowland, Rep. Runions and Rep. Stacy voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Cierpiot was absent.
  • House Bill 138 related to virtual education and was supported by Lee’s Summit R-7. It was approved by the House. No vote was taken in the Senate.
  • Voting records (House only): Rep. Brattin, Rep. Cierpiot, Rep. Cross, Rep. Pfautsch, Rep. Roeber, Rep. Rowland and Rep. Stacy voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Runions voted against the bill.
  • Missouri budget including full funding of education foundation formula. The House’s approval of full funding for the formula took place in a House committee, so voting records are not available.
  • Voting records (Senate only): Sen. Kraus, Sen. Curls, Sen. Holsman and Sen. Rizzo voted in favor of the bill.

2016-17 LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

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2017 Priority Positions

In the interest of public education, we ask the Missouri General Assembly to
1. Support providing appropriations for fully funding the Foundation Formula and maintaining the integrity of the current Foundation Formula.
2. Support fully funding early childhood education through an increased appropriation in the Foundation Formula.
3. Support fully funding the transportation formula, including modifying the provision that penalizes school districts when they transport highly mobile students back to their original school of attendance.
4. Support local school district authority to make the decisions about matters such as, open enrollment; employee compensation and working conditions; class sizes; curriculum and instruction materials; professional development; program and employee evaluations; and school calendar. We strongly support local control.
5. Support the creation and development of a system of interventions that leads to improvements in achievement for provisionally accredited and unaccredited school districts.
6. Support legislation that annually reviews the effectiveness of tax credits and appropriates the funding based on the review.
7. Support legislation that seeks an equal opportunity for all taxing jurisdictions to support economic development.
8. Support legislation that requires the unanimous support of all taxing jurisdictions for any tax abatement project or otherwise provide an opt-out provision.
9. Support a change in the Missouri Human Rights Act that would re-align the Missouri Act with federal standards.
10. Oppose any legislation that would divert revenue from the public schools to non-public educational entities.
11. Oppose legislation which reduces the benefits provided by the current state public school retirement systems (PSRS and PEERS).
12. Oppose legislation that authorizes open enrollment. 13. Oppose any legislation that would make summer school funding a separate line item.



Lee’s Summit R-7 National, State and County Elected Officials 2017

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U.S. Elected Officials:

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
United States Senate
260 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202.224.5721 Fax: 202.224.8149
https://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy

Dist. 5 U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
U.S. House of Representatives
1433 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.4535 Fax: 202.225.4403
Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
https://cleaver.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Dist. 6 U.S. Rep. Sam Graves
U.S. House of Representatives
1415 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.7041 Fax: 202.225.8221
Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
https://graves.house.gov/contact

Dist. 4 U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. House of Representatives
1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.2876 Fax: 202.225.0148
Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
https://hartzler.house.gov/contact-me

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone 202.224.6154 Fax 202.228.6326
Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

Missouri Elected Officials:

Gov. Eric Greitens – Inauguration date Jan. 9, 2017
Missouri State Capitol
201 W. Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
http://governor.mo.gov/constituents
573.751.3222

Dist. 9 Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 434
Jefferson City, MO 65101
http://www.senate.mo.gov/D09WebApps/Contact.aspx
573.751.3158

Dist. 7 Sen. Jason Holsman
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 421
Jefferson City, MO 65101
http://www.senate.mo.gov/D07WebApps/Contact.aspx
573.751.6607

Dist. 8 Sen. Will Kraus
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 320
Jefferson City, MO 65101
http://www.senate.mo.gov/D08WebApps/Contact.aspx
573.751.1464  Toll Free: 888.711.9278

Dist. 11 Sen. John Rizzo
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 425
Jefferson City, MO 65101
john.rizzo@senate.mo.gov
573.751.3074

Dist. 55 Rep. Rick Brattin
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 114-C
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Rick.Brattin@house.mo.gov
573.751.3783

Dist. 30 Rep. Mike Cierpiot
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 302A
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Mike.Cierpiot@house.mo.gov
573.751.0907

Dist. 35 Rep. Gary Cross
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 112
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Gary.Cross@house.mo.gov
573.751.1459

Dist. 33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 404B
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Donna.Pfautsch@house.mo.gov
573.751.9766

Dist. 34 Rep. Rebecca Roeber
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 102-BA
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Rebecca.Roeber@house.mo.gov
573.751.1456

Dist. 29 Rep. Rory Rowland
District includes small part of R-7
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109-F
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Rory.Rowland@house.mo.gov
573-751-3623

Dist. 37 Rep. Joe Runions
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109-B
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Joe.Runions@house.mo.gov
573.751.0238

Dist. 31 Rep. Dan Stacy
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 116-3
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Dan.Stacy@house.mo.gov
573.751-8636

County Elected Officials:

County Executive Frank White
Jackson County Courthouse
415 E. 12th Street
2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
fwhite@jacksongov.org
816.881.3333

Dist. 6 County Legislator Theresa Galvin
Jackson County Courthouse Annex
415 E. 12th St.
2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
tgalvin@jacksongov.org
816.881.3132


Lee’s Summit R-7 supporters invited to subscribe to electronic newsletter focusing on legislative advocacy

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District community members and other interested individuals are invited to subscribe to the school district’s electronic newsletter, known as “R-7 Advocacy.” The newsletter is designed to provide subscribers with relevant and timely information about legislative activities and proposals as well as opportunities to speak out on behalf of the district’s schools and students.

The majority of newsletter issues are sent to subscribers several times each month during the Missouri General Assembly session, January through May. The newsletter’s frequency depends on ongoing General Assembly activities and other state, national and local legislative news. “R-7 Advocacy” features information as well as occasional requests for subscribers to consider contacting their elected officials about specific proposed legislation that could impact R-7 students.

To sign up for “R-7 Advocacy,” visit http://eepurl.com/KnDQL or send your request to Janice.phelan@Lsr7.net.

 

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