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.
2016-17 LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM
|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 2016
U.S. Elected Officials:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Dist. 5 U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Dist. 6 U.S. Rep. Sam Graves
Dist. 4 U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Missouri Elected Officials:
Gov. Jay Nixon
Dist. 9 Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls
Dist. 7 Sen. Jason Holsman
Dist. 8 Sen. Will Kraus
Dist. 11 Sen. VACANT
Dist. 34 Rep. Rebecca Roeber
Dist. 35 Rep. Gary Cross
Dist. 30 Rep. Mike Cierpiot
Dist. 33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch
Dist. 37 Rep. Joe Runions
Dist. 31 Rep. Sheila Solon
Dist. 29 Rep. VACANT
Dist. 55 Rep. Rick Brattin
County Elected Officials:
County Executive Frank White
Dist. 6 County Legislator Theresa Galvin
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.