Support Public School Governance By Our Elected School Board – Stop SB 1099

schoolHybrid governance of St. Louis Public Schools is not what we want. It’s not what we asked for at the governance town hall meetings. It’s not something any expert advanced during the town hall meetings. It’s not what we wrote letters for.

And, yet, that is what the City’s two state senators seek to force it upon us.

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Please contact your State Senator and State Representative and ask them to oppose Senate Bill  1099 by State Senator Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis).

Use Legislator Look-Up to find your state senator and state representative.

In the news… 3/13/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Appointed board urges state safeguards to ensure St. Louis schools succeed

School Board President Susan Jones will be a speaker Monday at Drinking Liberally Happy Hour. RSVP to mtceselski@aol.com.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

Tuesday Elected School Board Meeting With Special Administrative Board

school5:30 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
St. Louis City Elected School Board
Special Meeting with (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
St. Louis Public Schools Administrative Bldg
801 N 11th, Room 108
Open to the Public

Posted Agenda includes
+SAB Recommendations to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding Transition
+ Transition Discussion

 

Contact #MoLeg To Support HB1236 For TIF Reform To Benefit Public Schools- Wednesday Hearing

capitalMake Your Voice Heard! Contact Your State Representative. Contact members of Missouri House Local Government Committee. Ask them to support TIF Reform to benefit Public School funding. Contact information at end of post.

Noon Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Missouri House of Representatives
Local Government Committee
Hearing Room 1, State Capitol, Jefferson City
Hearing on House Bill 1236 by State Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Jackson County)

This legislation would reform TIF statutes and enable a public school district to receive the portion of property taxes that are currently diverted to TIF development projects.

From the bill summary…

“This bill requires a 30-day comment period before a municipality may pass an ordinance establishing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) redevelopment project or Community Improvement District (CID). In addition, the municipality pursuing a TIF project or CID must also post information regarding the proposed project or plan, public hearings, and certain disclaimers on a public website (Sections 67.1431 and 99.825, RSMo).

Additionally, within 10 days of the approval of a redevelopment plan, the applicable tax increment financing commission shall notify each special taxing district partially or wholly locatedwithin the commission’s redevelopment area of the plan’s approval (Section 99.825).

This bill also provides that the board or body overseeing a special taxing district may have their property or sales taxes excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a two-thirds majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met.

A school board of a school district may also have its portion of property tax revenue allocated to the district by a county or city excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a two-thirds majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met (Section 99.845).

Tax increment financing redevelopment plans created after the bill’s effective date shall only receive payments in lieu of taxes or economic activity taxes for 15 years from the date of their creation (Section 99.845).”

Contact Information

Chairman of the Local Government Committee is 98th Dist. State Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin)  Shamed.Dogan@house.mo.gov

The City’s two state representatives on the Local Government Committee are…
81st Dist. State Rep. Fred Wessels  Fred.Wessels@house.mo.gov
82nd Dist. State Rep. Donna Baringer  Donna.Baringer@house.mo.gov

To find your State Representative and his/her contact information use “Find Your Representative” at center left of Missouri House home page.

Wednesday Vote On Public School Governance?

schoolNoon Wednesday, January 17, 2018
SLPS Special Committee on Governance
Room 108, SLPS Administrative Building
801 N 11th
Open to the Public

Meeting Notice/Agenda

Agenda:
Review of Board Governance Public Engagement Summary Report
Discussion of St. Louis Public School Foundation Report
Discussion of Danforth Committee Report
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Forms of Governance Structure
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Transition and Timelines

Monday Public School Future Governance Meeting

school-board-meeting4 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017
St. Louis Public Schools (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
Special Committee on Governance
SLPS Administrative Building, 801 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Meeting Notice/Agenda

Previous information posted on elected vs. appointed school boards including news articles on SAB public meetings.

Committeewoman recently blogged about outstate school district problems. 

Monday: 3rd Meeting On St. Louis Public School Governance

school-board-meetingMake Your Voice Heard! Speak Out at Monday’s Meeting. Contact SLPS Special Administrative Board and tell them No Taxation Without Representation.

SLPS (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
Meeting On Future Governance Of St. Louis Public Schools
6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest Law Academy, 5140 Riverview
Topic: SLPS Governance by Hybrid Appointed Board (appointed by Mayor, Governor, etc.) with some Elected Board Members
Public Invited
Event webpage

Related news/articles…

11/10/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Researcher’s positive findings on appointed school boards fail to sway St. Louis crowd

11/7/2017 St. Louis American: Community calls for elected school board

11/7/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Speakers tell task force that elected school board is best option for St. Louis

11/6/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: Philosophy versus performance: Who should govern St. Louis Public Schools?

11/2/2017 St. Louis American: SLPS seeks input about future governance

10/27/2017 St. Louis American, Column by Elected School Board President Susan Jones: Transition to an elected SLPS board should begin now

Future meetings… 6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 Location to TBA This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.

Thursday Meeting On Future of Elected Public School Board

school-board-meeting6:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Central VPA HS, 3125 S. Kingshighway @ Arsenal
Note: school parking lot is entered off Kemper Avenue, the street one block south of Arsenal
Public Invited

Topic: Appointed Board Governance (appointed by Mayor, Governor, etc.), General Assembling eliminating Elected School Board

Event webpage

Related news articles…

11/7/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Speakers tell task force that elected school board is best option for St. Louis

11/6/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: Philosophy versus performance: Who should govern St. Louis Public Schools?

11/2/2017 St. Louis American: SLPS seeks input about future governance

10/27/2017 St. Louis American, Column by Elected School Board President Susan Jones: Transition to an elected SLPS board should begin now

Future meetings…

6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017 Northwest Law Academy, at 5140 Riverview Blvd This will be the meeting on Hybrid Appointed & Elected Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 Location to TBA This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.

Monday Meeting On Future Elected School Board Governance

school-board-meetingMake your voices heard.

Stop taxation without representation.

Return control of our public schools to our elected school board.

6:30 pm Monday, November 6th, 2017
Public Schools Appointed Special Administrative Board
Meeting on Elected Board Governance V
Vashon High School, 3035 Cass
Public Invited
Event webpage

10/11/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Who should run St. Louis schools? Appointed and elected school boards trying to figure that out

The SAB is holding the first of 4 meetings by a special task force it is rushing into being to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. Each meeting will be on a different form of governance, elected boards, appointed boards and hybrid boards which are part appointed and part elected.

It is part of an expedited process the SAB has cooked up to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. It will result in the SAB sending a recommendation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on the future of governance for the SLPS.

This will happen before the end of December so that if any legislation has to be submitted to the Missouri General Assembly, changing how our school board is chosen, DESE will have the time to do so for the 2018 session.

Experts from the Missouri School Boards Association will present information about elected boards to a special task force that the SAB is forming to evaluate the information provided and ask questions of the experts. SAB Member Gaines said the public will also be able to ask questions. There will be opportunities for the public to make their opinions known via the SLPS website and other means.

Subsequent meetings on appointed boards and hybrid boards will be…

6:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Central VPA HS, 3125 S. Kingshighway @ Arsenal
Note: school parking lot is entered off Kemper Avenue, the street one block south of Arsenal and Monday
This will be the meeting on Appointed Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest HS, at 5140 Riverview Blvd
This will be the meeting on Hybrid Appointed & Elected Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017
Location to TBA
This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.