MSTA Members Take Action!

2019-03-08T18:49:34+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: From the Capitol|0 Comments

Member call to action activated on charter school expansion.

It is important that MSTA members contact their State Representatives and ask them to oppose HB581. This will be a very close vote, and education professionals deserve to have a voice in education policy in Missouri. This harmful legislation regarding charter school expansion will soon be debated by the members of the House of Representatives.  HB581 (Roeber) would expand the charter school model of school governance to any district in the state.

This bill allows charter schools the ability to expand over the objection and without the consent of local communities and locally elected school boards.

Current charter schools have had mixed results In the last 19 years since the charter school model has been in existence in Missouri, with over one-third of charter schools closing their doors. Over $620 million of Missouri tax dollars have been spent on failed charter schools.  Money that was spent without oversight or accountability from local communities.

Local control is vital to the success and accountability of public education. HB581 silences local communities regarding public education.

This legislation is not in line with MSTA Adopted Resolutions.  MSTA members have made clear that charter school expansion should only be granted by the locally elected school board.  An appeal process or right of first refusal that replaces the voice of Missouri citizens does not protect Missouri’s students or taxpayers.

Here are some sample social posts:

Sample Tweet:Attention #MOLeg: Vote NO on #MoHB581! Don’t silence my voice! As an educator, I oppose charter school expansion without local community input, oversight and authorization by locally elected school boards. #loudNOhb581

Sample Facebook post: Vote NO on #MoHB581. Don’t silence my voice! As an education professional, a member of MSTA, and a voting constituent, I oppose charter school expansion without local community input, oversight and authorization by locally elected school boards. Local control of public education is vital to the success of students, schools and communities. I will remember how you vote. #loudNOhb581 #MOLeg

Sample Instagram post: Vote NO on #MoHB581. Don’t silence my voice! As an education professional, a member of MSTA, and a voting constituent, I oppose charter school expansion without local community input, oversight and authorization by locally elected school boards. Local control of public education is vital to the success of students, schools and communities. I will remember how you vote. #loudNOhb581 #MOLeg

You can use this image to accompany your messages.

If you choose to call your representative, please use this script:
“Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [city and zip code].  I am calling to tell [your Representative’s name] to vote NO on HB581. As an education professional, a member of MSTA and a voting constituent, I oppose charter school expansion without local community input, oversight and authorization by locally elected school boards. Local control of public education is vital to the success of students, schools and communities. I will remember how you vote.”

While we encourage you to call or send a social media message, if you choose to email your representative, DO NOT use your school email address.

Thank you for making your voice heard!