FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014
Remarks from Gov. Nixon on Senate Bill 509
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Below are the prepared remarks made by Gov. Jay Nixon at his news conference this evening regarding Senate Bill 509:
“This afternoon, the Missouri House voted to send to my desk a bill that takes $620 million annually from public education and other priorities.
“This legislation will get a thorough review over the coming days and weeks – but it’s worth noting that on its face, this year’s reckless fiscal experiment looks a lot like last year’s reckless fiscal experiment.
“Once again, supporters of this fiscally irresponsible scheme are trotting out discredited economic theories and excuses.
“Once again, members of the legislature have chosen to ignore evidence that Missouri is already a low-tax state – sixth-lowest in the nation.
“Once again, they have chosen to disregard that Missouri’s economy is moving forward – and outpacing our neighbors – on the strength of our skilled workforce.
“And once again, the General Assembly has voted to take money out of our public schools – hundreds of millions a year – and give it to some folks who don’t need it.
“With four weeks left in the session, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the actions this legislature has taken so far this year, and the values those actions reflect.
“In this session, the majority in the legislature has:
- Voted to raise sales taxes on Missourians;
- Voted to borrow money for unnecessary building projects;
- Allowed wasteful tax credit expenditures to continue unchecked;
- And again and again, launched an all-out attack on public education in our state.
“Taken together, these actions threaten to take what has been a AAA-rated state with a solid record of fiscal discipline and certainty and put it at risk.
“Those are not our values, and that’s not how we’ll move our state forward.
“Earlier today, I was in Kansas City to cut the ribbon on another high-tech expansion. And like companies we hear from around the world, the CEO said that the most important factor in their decision to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri, was the availability of a highly skilled workforce.
“That’s why it’s so troubling that this legislature’s economic development plan is to take money out of our classrooms…to make college less affordable…in order to give more special breaks to lawyers and lobbyists.
“Creating jobs, strengthening communities, and growing our economy: these are the goals we share. So I will continue to work with the General Assembly to invest in the one thing we know will help us achieve them – good schools and a workforce that can compete worldwide.”
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Special discounts, resources and support from Sylvan Learning offered to all PTA members
ALEXANDRIA, Va. () — As part of their compatible missions to increase family involvement in education and ensure all children succeed, National PTA® and Sylvan Learning are teaming up to offer free and discounted resources for both students and parents.
With nearly 800 learning centers nationwide, Sylvan is a leading provider of personalized tutoring services for students of all ages and skill levels. Through this new alliance, PTA members across the country will have access to education experts, resources and services from Sylvan to help children thrive.
“National PTA and Sylvan Learning share a commitment to ensuring that every child reaches his or her full potential, both in school and in life,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “Learning is individual for every child, and providing each child with the personal support he or she needs is critical to help him or her succeed. We are excited to team with Sylvan to provide families and students with access to personalized support to help them excel in their studies and beyond.”
Among the initial benefits: All PTA members can receive 50 percent off a Sylvan Insight Assessment, which identifies a child’s academic strengths and weaknesses as well as his or her attitudes about school and learning. The assessment is designed to help families and educators determine the right support a child needs to excel. In addition to the discount, for every student who takes an assessment, Sylvan will donate $10 to the student’s local PTA.
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For more information on the current services and resources available to PTA members through Sylvan Learning, visit PTA.org/benefits.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
About Sylvan Learning
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Heidi May, National PTA
Julia Covelli, Sylvan Learning