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November 7, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MSTA holds annual teacher meeting; Governor Parson set to speak
(Columbia, MO) – The Missouri State Teachers Association’s annual convention, Nov. 8 and 9, will be in Columbia to set its agenda for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, provide exceptional professional development and hear from Governor Mike Parson.
More than 650 MSTA delegates will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until completed on Thursday, Nov. 8 to discuss important educational topics that will likely come up in the session. Gov. Parson will speak at about 1:45 p.m.
Members of the media should plan to arrive by 12:45 p.m.
“We are honored to have Governor Parson speak to our delegates,” said MSTA Executive Director Bruce Moe. “Gov. Parson has long been a supporter of local control of education, which we strongly advocate for at MSTA. Additionally, one of the hallmarks of a grassroots organization is allowing our members to set its legislative agenda based on what is important to them and what they see going on in their classrooms and school districts.”
Additionally, on Thursday and Friday, more than 500 teachers will meet for professional development workshops and collaboration.
Assembly of Delegates information (photo opportunity)
Where: Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW
When: Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until completed
Additional Convention information is online at convention.msta.org.
ABOUT: Beginning in 1856, MSTA held an annual convention. In the early years, teachers traveled by horse and buggy or train. Since the beginning, there have only been eight years without an MSTA convention: during the Civil War, the Chicago World’s Fair and a flu pandemic. From 1915 to 2012, convention alternated between Kansas City and St. Louis.
Past notable convention speakers include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, rocket scientist Werner von Braun, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglass, journalist Tom Brokaw, White House correspondent Helen Thomas, defense attorney F. Lee Bailey and entertainer Captain Kangaroo.
The Missouri State Teachers Association is the largest education organization in the state, with more than 47,000 members and over 160 years of service to Missouri educators. The association’s headquarters is in Columbia, Mo., with regional field representatives throughout the state. MSTA has no national affiliation.