Lee's Summit R-7 School District
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Legislative Advocacy

The LSR7 School District’s tradition of excellence is the result of a collaborative effort among its supportive stakeholders.  A persistent focus on meeting the needs of each student will result in a legacy unparalleled by our peers in public education.  This legacy of excellence cannot be left to chance and requires ongoing advocacy on behalf of the close to 18,000 students served by the LSR7 School District.  It is our responsibility.

 

2019 Legislative Platform

 

 

2019 Priority Positions

 

In the interest of public education, we ask the Missouri General Assembly to: Key Legislative Priorities

  • Support funding early childhood education through an increased appropriation in the Foundation Formula and no decrease to the State Adequacy Target (SAT) paid on the formula.
  • Support legislation that requires all charter schools to be held to the same standards as all public schools with accreditation status and funding falling under the jurisdiction of the local school district.
  • Support legislation that requires equal representation and the unanimous support of all taxing jurisdiction for any tax abatement project or otherwise provide an opt-out provision.

 

Ongoing Legislative Issues

 

  • Support local school district authority to make the decisions about matters including but not limited to, employee compensation and working conditions; class sizes; curriculum and instruction materials; professional development; program and employee evaluations; and school calendar.  We strongly support local control.
  • Support maintaining the integrity of the current Foundation Formula and providing appropriations for fully funding the foundation formula, transportation formula, summer school and early childhood education.
  • Support fully funding the transportation formula, including modifying the provision that penalizes school districts when they transport highly mobile students back to their original school of attendance.
  • Support the creation and development of a system of interventions and support that leads to improvements in achievement for provisionally accredited and unaccredited school districts.
  • Support legislation that annually reviews the effectiveness of tax credits and appropriates the funding based on the review.
  • Support the full funding of education mandates in accordance with the Missouri constitution.
  • Support the continuation of existing property tax relief for senior citizens within reasonable income limitations.
  • Support legislation stipulating the enactment of accurate and timely property tax assessment practices and the clarification of assessment terms and timelines to promote uniformity and fairness of property tax assessments.
  • Support funding for professional development that provides both a comprehensive and sustainable approach to improving district personnel effectiveness toward raising student achievement.
  • Support the provision of a simple majority vote for the passage of local school district bond issues.
  • Support increasing the bonding capacity for school districts.  
  • Support legislation that advances innovative instructional approaches in PK-12 public education such as proficiency-based education, alternative assessment practices, experiential learning opportunities, and workforce credentialing.
  • Support the ability to make an internal transfer of levy from debt service levy to operating property tax levy with ballot language that states that the adjusted property tax levy stays the same.

 

  • Oppose any legislation or proposals that would divert public monies or resources from the public schools to non-public educational entities.
  • Oppose legislation which reduces the benefits provided by the current state public school retirement systems (PSRS and PEERS).
  • Oppose legislation or proposals that authorizes any mandate regarding open enrollment.  
  • Oppose legislation that sets percentages for school district fund balances.
  • Oppose legislation that would alter the basic governance structure of the Missouri State High School Activities Association.  
  • Oppose any amendment to the Missouri Constitution to allow the distribution of state monies directly or indirectly to non-public educational entities or organizations.

 

LSR7 National, State and County Elected Officials 2019

 

 

U.S. Elected Officials

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

United States Senate

260 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5721 Fax: 202-224-8149

Senator Roy Blunt’s Website

Dist. 5 U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

U.S. House of Representatives

2335 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-4535 Fax: 202-225-4403

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Emanuel Cleaver

Dist. 6 U.S. Rep. Sam Graves

U.S. House of Representatives

1135 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-7041 Fax: 202-225-8221

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Sam Graves

Dist. 4 U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

U.S. House of Representatives

2235 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-2876 Fax: 202-225-0148

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Vicky Hartzler

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley

United States Senate

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Ste. B40A

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone 202-224-6154 Fax 202-228-6326

Missouri Elected Officials

Gov. Michael L. Parson

Missouri State Capitol

201 W. Capitol Ave.

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: 573.751.3222

Fax: 573.751.1495

Governor Mike Parson

Dist. 8 Sen. Mike Cierpiot

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 431

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-1464

Mike Cierpiot’s Email Address is mike.cierpiot@senate.mo.gov.

Dist. 9 Sen. S. Kiki Curls

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 434

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-3158

Contact Sen. S. Kiki Curls

Dist. 7 Sen. Jason Holsman

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 421

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-6607

Contact Jason Holsman

Dist. 11 Sen. John Rizzo

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 425

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-3074

John Rizzo’s Email Address is John.Rizzo@senate.mo.gov.

Dist. 55 Rep. Mike Haffner

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 115-E

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-3783

Dist. 30 Rep. Jonathan Patterson

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 405-A

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573.751.0907

Dist. 35 Rep. Keri Ingle

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109E

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-1459

 

Dist. 33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 404B

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-9766

Donna Pfautsch’s Email Address is Donna.Pfautsch@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 34 Rep. Rebecca Roeber

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 234

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-1456

Rebecca Roeber’s Email Address is Rebecca.Roeber@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 29 Rep. Rory Rowland

District includes small part of R-7

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 101-E

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-3623

Rory Rowland’s Email Address is Rory.Rowland@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 37 Rep. Joe Runions

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109-B

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-0238

Joe Runions’s Email Address is Joe.Runions@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 31 Rep. Dan Stacy

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 411-B

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-751-8636

Dan Stacy’s Email Address is Dan.Stacy@house.mo.gov

County Elected Officials

County Executive Frank White

Jackson County Courthouse

415 E. 12th Street

2nd Floor

Kansas City, MO 64106

816-881-3333

Frank White’s Email Address is fwhite@jacksongov.org.

Dist. 6 County Legislator Theresa Galvin

Jackson County Courthouse Annex

415 E. 12th St.

2nd Floor

Kansas City, MO 64106

816-881-3132

Theresa Galvin’s Email Address is tgalvin@jacksongov.org.

LSR7 supporters invited to subscribe to electronic newsletter focusing on legislative advocacy

 

LSR7 School District community members and other interested individuals are invited to subscribe to the school district’s electronic newsletter, known as “LSR7 Advocacy.” The newsletter is designed to provide subscribers with relevant and timely information about legislative activities and proposals as well as opportunities to speak out on behalf of the district’s schools and students.

The majority of newsletter issues are sent to subscribers several times each month during the Missouri General Assembly session, January through May. The newsletter’s frequency depends on ongoing General Assembly activities and other state, national and local legislative news. “LSR7 Advocacy” features information as well as occasional requests for subscribers to consider contacting their elected officials about specific proposed legislation that could impact R-7 students.

To sign up for “LSR7 Advocacy, visit the LSR7 Advocacy subscription page.

You can also send your request to ariel.andrew@lsr7.net.

 

Missouri Voter Outreach Center

 

By visiting this webpage and entering your address, you can locate your polling place, determine your precinct number, find upcoming elections and view candidates and issues.