MASSP Announces New Director of ProgrammingDuring the MASSP Spring Conference the MASSP Board of Directors selected Doug Mirts as the new MASSP Director of Programming & Development effective July 1, 2014. Doug has been with the Columbia Public Schools for 31 years with 22 years in administration. He taught math at Jefferson JHS and Hickman HS. He was an assistant principal at Oakland JHS and for 17 years has been assistant principal/athletic director/activities director at Hickman High School. He received a BS in secondary math (1983), a MS (1989) and Ed.S. (1993) at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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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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