MASSP Announces Personnel ChangesDr. Jim King, the Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2014 after 16 years of service to MASSP. The Board established a committee to begin the process of finding a replacement and in January approved the appointment of Phil Lewis, MASSP Director of Programming & Development, as MASSP Executive Director effective July 1, 2014.
Missouri Assessment Program
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request proposes an increase in funding for the state assessment system. This request, as submitted in October, was not supported by state education organizations for two primary reasons: increased time in testing and cost. Representatives of the department and state education organizations have since come together to reach consensus on a revised assessment plan. The groups at the table included MAESP, MASSP, MASA, MSTA, MNEA, AFT, MSBA, several lobbyists and DESE personnel.
Over the next few weeks your local media may ask for opinions regarding the proposed budget and the change in assessments. If you have any questions or concerns please contact MASSP as we understand this will be a significant change for Missouri schools.
Link to assessment plan
Link to DESE Frequently Asked Questions
The Children’s Education Initiative would create a $90 million tax credit program for taxpayers that make contributions to private schools, parochial schools and public school foundations. Under the program, taxpayers would be allowed to claim a tax credit equaling 50% of their donation on their annual income tax returns. The total credit per year could not exceed $50,000. If a donation exceeds the taxpayer’s liability or $50,000, the total amount of the credit would be allowed to carry forward for up to four years. Of the $90 million, $45 million would be dedicated for donations to public school foundations (the Commissioner of Education is responsible for choosing which donations are eligible), $36 million to donations to private schools, and $9 million to private special education providers.
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