Legislative Platform & Priorities

Every fall at the Representative Assembly, Missouri NEA updates the Legislative Platform and Priorities. The Platform details the education-related issues that MNEA and its members find important. MNEA’s Legislative Priorities is a summary of the Platform. 

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Missouri NEA believes that every child has a basic right to attend a great public school. 

Students are at the center of Missouri NEA’s legislative platform and advocacy. Missouri’s teachers are deeply committed to the success of every child. MNEA strives to ensure that all students have the time and resources
to learn, caring and qualified teachers and an education that inspires their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

NEA members helped secure a major victory for students and schools with the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015. This federal law rolls back much of the “test, blame and punish” approach from NCLB. A key priority for MNEA will be to help lead the work in using the opportunities created by ESSA to design a new and better structure for oversight and support of students, educators and schools.

MNEA’s advocacy will focus on ensuring that legislators stand up for children and public education during the legislative session.

Investing in all of our students,
regardless of zip code, with the tools and time to learn


Missouri NEA believes that access to an adequately and equitably funded public education must be clearly established as a fundamental right for every student.

  1. The state slashed the funding requirement of the school funding law in 2016 by more than $300 million and now faces revenue shortfalls that may challenge funding even at this lower level.
  2. MNEA urges the legislature to commit to a plan to establish adequate funding to meet the needs of all students.
  3. MNEA supports adequate and equitable funding for public higher education institutions and increased funding for student financial aid.

MNEA urges the legislature to support students and teachers with the resources they need by investing in early childhood education and extended learning time, particularly for at-risk students.

MNEA opposes efforts to reduce state revenues and funding for schools across the state.
MNEA supports efforts to make tax credits more accountable and reduce their harmful effect on Missouri’s state revenues.

 

Ensuring every child has a qualified,
caring and committed teacher 

Missouri NEA supports local control of evaluation systems for all teachers and administrators. MNEA opposes any effort to take away local control or mandate a particular weight for student test scores on a teacher’s evaluation.

MNEA opposes the use of flawed tests and assessment systems to make high stakes decisions about students’ and teachers’ futures. To be effective, tests must be well-designed, timely and help educators evaluate individual student needs and tailor lessons to meet their learning needs. MNEA believes that parents, students and communities must be partners in the development process and have a voice in the conversations around high-quality assessments.

MNEA believes the current due process (tenure) law should be improved by covering all employees, establishing shorter probationary periods that meet state and national norms and establishing an impartial review process for firing decisions. MNEA opposes any effort to repeal teacher tenure, extend the lengthy probationary period or weaken due process rights in the layoff context.

Creating an effective partnership to provide an education
that inspires students' natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn

MNEA supports collective bargaining rights for all education employees to promote school environments where educators and students can excel. Implementing legislation should provide for exclusive recognition and good faith bargaining to reach an amicable agreement.

MNEA opposes efforts to limit school employees’ right to bargain with their employers or to participate in MNEA.
MNEA will oppose paycheck mandates and other anti-bargaining proposals that will interfere with membership, organizing and bargaining. These proposals might include mandatory recertification elections, prescriptive financial reporting mandates and restrictions on bargained agreements.

MNEA believes charter public schools should be accountable, transparent and respect the rights of students, parents and school employees. Charter schools should be accountable to the local community and sponsored only by the elected school board. Sponsorship should occur only after the district assesses the impact of the proposed charter on local school resources, programs and services and determines the proposed charter represents the best choice for serving the students of the community.

MNEA believes that state oversight and intervention in districts should focus on supporting and bringing the community together to better support schools.

 

Your Role


You can help create a better future and support MNEA’s legislative effort by becoming an MNEA Education Advocate. Sign up to be an Education Advocate 

Education Advocates commit to:

  1. Coordinate back-home meetings with their legislators.
  2. Encourage MNEA members to attend Capitol Action Lobby Days and other legislative events during the legislative session.
  3. Participate in candidate screenings during the next election cycle. 
  4. Stay connected through email alerts.
 

Sign up to be an Education Advocate 

Attend Capitol Action Days

Attend Legislative Forums

Subscribe to Legislative Updates

 

 




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