Legislative Advocacy 2024

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The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Legislative Watch Team meets weekly during the legislative session and carefully reviews legislation filed to determine the potential impact on arts education, arts educators and students of the arts. Find below the legislation under review within the current year.

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MAAE Response 

 

Call to Action

Funding for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Missouri Scholars Academy

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND REQUEST THEIR SUPPORT FOR $1 MILLION TO FUND THE MISSOURI FINE ARTS ACADEMY AND MISSOURI SCHOLARS ACADEMY FOR JUNE, 2025.



MAAE is asking 

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Dear Representative X:

I am a voter from your district and would like to request your support for $1 million to fund the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and Missouri Scholars Academy for June 2025. Supporting this measure will ensure access for students of all financial means to attend these academies.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,,

Koenig

Authorizes a tax credit for certain educational expenses and expands existing tax credits passed in 2021.

Modifies provisions of the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program and authorizes charter schools to operate in Boone County, St. Charles County, and St. Louis County 

This act establishes the Parents' Bill of Rights Act of 2024 and creates provisions relating to discussion of certain topics by school personnel and the physical privacy of children. 

MAAE has concerns about the reductions in revenue for public schools if this is implemented as written. When school funding is threatened, so are school arts programs. 

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Dear Senator X:

I am a voter from your district and have concerns about SB 727, 728, and 729 and its impact on funding for public education and arts education. Please reach out to school leaders in your Senate district to investigate and understand the impact on students, schools and communities.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Cody Smith, Cheri Toalson-Reisch

Prohibits state departments from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 

MAAE has concerns about the funding restrictions which may have an effect on access and equity. 

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Dear Representative X:

I am a voter from your district and have concerns about HB 2619. If passed this could jeopardize licensing and accreditation of programs within state departments and private health care entities with consequences for the wellbeing of Missourians and our state’s economic competitiveness; 

placing billions of federal dollars at risk.

We are stronger as a state when we embrace diversity, equity and inclusive practice.

Sincerely,

Rep. Pollitt, Davis, Toalson-Reisch

Senator Curtis Trent

These related bill address: Open Enrollment, (currently includes clauses to deny students based on their special education status) diminished requirements for transportation budgets for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs); Establishes Parent Public School Choice Fund; 

MAAE has concerns about these measures which threaten financial resources for public education, and funding, and the effect on access and equity. 

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Dear Representative X:

I am a voter from your district and have concerns about HB 1989 and SB 1051. If passed this could jeopardize funding for public education with potential subsequent cuts to local arts budgets.  Many districts across the state currently enjoy collaborative relationships with their neighboring districts. There are concerns related to diminished funding for transportation, and denial of educational services based on a students special needs.

Please reach out to school leaders in your Senate district to investigate and understand the impact on students, schools and communities.

Sincerely,

Other bills we are monitoring include

Public MAAE Legislative Watch

The MAAE greatly appreciates the financial support provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the MAAE member organizations for
Fine Arts Education Day.

Missouri Alliance for Arts Education 

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