May 14, 2021 - The Missouri Senate adjourned today leaving important funding equity for charter schools unresolved.

“Today, the Missouri legislature missed a critical opportunity to ensure equitable funding for all public school students across Missouri. Altogether Missouri charter public students will lose out on over $30 million of funding this year alone, simply because the law that dictates funding is out of date and inequitable. The Funding Equity Bill (HB 137) sought to ‘fix the glitch’ in the law so that every public school student, district or charter would receive their fair share of funding for high-quality education.

 

While we are deeply disappointed with today’s result, we still celebrate the efforts of our passionate and committed advocates. We could not be more grateful for the leadership of Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs and Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Buchanan, and Platte, as well as the support of many other representatives and senators. We could not be more grateful for the Kansas City and St. Louis charter school community of parents, teachers, and educational leaders who stood up and spoke out on behalf of charter public school students across the state; we are grateful for their endless support.

 

The work isn’t over. We will continue to fight for Missouri’s students - for their right to equitable funding, choice, and a quality public education that’s right for them - because each and every one of them deserves someone in their corner.”

 

Douglas Thaman

Executive Director

Missouri Charter Public School Association