"CALL TO ACTION" Legislative Action Needed NOW 2014

Dear MRTA Members

Your action is needed regarding  the Conference Committee report (CCR) onHCS SCS SB 493 soon to be voted out of committee for House and Senate approval. The original bill, SB 493, as introduced, dealt with the school transfer issue of unaccredited school districts in Saint Louis and Kansas City. NOW the legislation in both the House and Senate versions have been amended to include vouchers and expansion of Charter Schools.

MRTA's Legislative Platform (click here) states MRTA is opposed to Vouchers. Now that SB 509 has become law (major tax cuts for corporations) state revenue will become more and more scarce. Enacting vouchers will take even more funding away from public schools. This is particularly negative since the Foundation Formula is currently $600 million underfunded!  Less tax dollars for public schools equals: fewer teachers hired, lower teacher salaries, less contributions to the retirement systems, and could result in bankruptcy which would cause the consolidation of poorer rural school districts. There is also the question of the separation of church and state, vouchers mean tax dollars going to private and parochial schools.

SUGGESTED CORRESPONDENCE TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR

 Dear Representative XXXXX

Dear Senator XXXXX

As voter, tax payer,  and MRTA member in your district please oppose and vote NO on the Conference Committee Report (CCR) on HCS SCS SB 493 if the report contains vouchers in any form and/or the expansion of charter schools.

 (Your personal language or: Vouchers take much need funds away from public schools and are unconstitutional. Charter schools have a poor record of educating our children and do not have the same high standards as public schools to operate by.) Thank you for your public service. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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This is the last week of the 2014 Legislative Session. The Session ends Friday at 6:00 PM. Please write today and please stay tuned. 

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