Once again this past year, the advocacy efforts of Missouri school board members had a significant impact on legislation and policy being considered on the state and national levels.
The 2020 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly adjourned on May 18 following one of the most unusual legislative sessions in state history. The session was shut down for six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, and when legislators returned to Jefferson City, there were only two weeks left to pass a state budget and three weeks left to consider other legislation.
MSBA was successful in lobbying against harmful legislation during the 2020 regular session, including charter school expansion without adequate accountability and voucher proposals. MSBA also was successful in seeking a gubernatorial veto of House Bill 1854, an omnibus bill that contained provisions putting more restrictions on the time available for school board candidates to file for election.