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Press Release: Education Roundtable

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Education Roundtable calls on outside groups to stop meddling in local school campaign

Missouri’s Education Roundtable, made up of the eight major statewide education associations, is calling on the Missouri Club for Growth and United for Missouri to stop their misleading campaign aimed at defeating the Nixa Public Schools bond issue proposal on the April 8 ballot.

“It is outrageous that these outside organizations that know nothing about the needs of the students in Nixa would inject themselves into this local issue,” says Missouri School Boards’ Association Executive Director Dr. Carter D. Ward. “Flyers distributed by the Missouri Club for Growth and United for Missouri to the citizens of Nixa are filled with inaccuracies and deceit all designed to create doubt in the mind of voters. The actions of these groups are nothing short of despicable.”

The Missouri Club for Growth and its national organization are well-known for their anti-public school agenda including the support of school vouchers. Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield is a major supporter of the state group, recently contributing $973,000 to the Missouri Club for Growth campaign committee. Sinquefield has made other large contributions to the group in the past.

“It appears that Rex Sinquefield has made it his mission over the years to damage public education – this effort in Nixa is a continuation of those efforts. The Nixa Schools are attempting to build storm shelters to keep their children safe. It’s sad that the Missouri Club for Growth and Rex Sinquefield oppose measures to protect children,” says Missouri PTA President Kim Weber.

On the national level, the Club for Growth has strong ties to the Koch brothers who spend enormous amounts of money on anti-tax and anti-public school issues.

The Executive Director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators Roger Kurtz says, “We urge the voters in the Nixa Public School District to ignore this attempt by outside organizations to manipulate an issue that should be decided by the people of the community.”

The members of the Education Roundtable include the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, the Missouri Association of School Administrators, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, the Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA), the Missouri National Education Association, the Missouri School Boards’ Association and the Missouri State Teachers Association.

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2013-2014 National PTA Reflections Program

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Missouri PTA wants to help make sure your unit is on track for a successful Reflections Program. This is a reminder of a few important points regarding the program. We hope you find this information beneficial and please contact us at reflections@mopta.org if we can be of assistance.

The 2013-2014 National PTA Reflections® Program theme is "Believe, Dream, Inspire".  The state deadline is fast approaching – January 16, 2014; only two more months!

If you need information about online registration including creating an account, submitting the unit participation form & student entry form watch the Reflections Webinar – live on November 19 or December 17 from 7:30 – 8:30 P.M. CST

  • Provide reflections chair’s name & contact information to the state office – office@mopta.org If you don’t have a chair yet, it’s not too late!
  • Organize a small group of volunteers to tackle the task as a team.
  • Register or establish an account for your local unit with National PTA
  • Complete the Local Unit participation Form online
  • Student entry forms must be completed online
  • Make sure unit is on track for unit in good standing status - click here for details.
  • Utilize available training & resources
  • State winners will be announced by the first week of March
  • State Reflections Student Showcase – April 26, 2014; Rockbridge High School in Columbia starting at 1 p.m.

 

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants

This National PTA program provides matching-dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs in local communities. PTAs serving at-risk student populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be available January 10, 2014 and are due March 14, 2014.