MAESP Priority Issues
The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) represents elementary and middle level school principals in the state of Missouri. The following issues have emerged as priorities for MAESP and have been identified as focus areas for 2018.
1. Assessments – MAESP believes any state-mandated assessments should be limited in time required, aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards, primarily used for determining gaps in district curriculum and instruction, and results should be considered a “snapshot” of student performance in each content area. Local district and school assessments should be the primary factor for determining district performance, school progress and student achievement. MAESP opposes the use of student performance data from the state assessment as a significant factor for determining teacher or principal effectiveness.
2. Funding - MAESP supports full funding of the Missouri Foundation Formula and restoring or increasing funding for categorical areas including transportation, the public placement fund, Parents As Teachers, early childhood education, professional development, etc., that have been reduced in recent years. MAESP continues to oppose unfunded federal and state mandates. MAESP opposes any legislation that would divert revenue from traditional public schools to non-public educational entities.
3. High Quality Teacher Shortage - MAESP is concerned about an impending shortage of high quality teachers. MAESP supports increasing teacher salaries to attract the best and the brightest individuals to help students achieve to their fullest potential. MAESP has identified the following issues that exacerbate the teacher shortage and opposes legislation that would:
a. limit local control over teaching and learning;
b. increase the emphasis or influence of high-stakes standardized testing;
c. reduce or eliminate current retirement benefits and incentives; or
d. regulate the profession in ways that would discourage the best and brightest from entering the profession.
4. Bullying/Harassment – MAESP supports legislation revising the Missouri statute regarding reporting of harassment to law enforcement and by clarifying the definition of bullying.