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.
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
|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
U.S. Elected Officials:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
Dist. 5 U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Dist. 6 U.S. Rep. Sam Graves
Dist. 4 U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Missouri Elected Officials:
Gov. Eric Greitens – Inauguration date Jan. 9, 2017
Dist. 9 Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls
Dist. 7 Sen. Jason Holsman
Dist. 8 Sen. Will Kraus
Dist. 11 Sen. John Rizzo
Dist. 55 Rep. Rick Brattin
Dist. 30 Rep. Mike Cierpiot
Dist. 35 Rep. Gary Cross
Dist. 33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch
Dist. 34 Rep. Rebecca Roeber
Dist. 29 Rep. Rory Rowland
Dist. 37 Rep. Joe Runions
Dist. 31 Rep. Dan Stacy
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.