Advocacy in Action!

We need your help and support to advocate for children. Below you will see how we're trying to ensure safe schools, positive school climate, and comprehensive mental health services for children in Missouri. MASP endorses the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. Explore NASP to see why Advocacy in Action is so important.

Advocacy News 12/1/15

Lindsay Oram, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, presented at the National Rural Education Association (NREA) Convention in St. Louis on October 10, 2015 with a presentation titled Building Capacity for Mental Health Service Provision in Rural Schools. She explored school-wide mental health screening, the role of school psychologists in mental health service provision, mental health service coordination, and evidence-based mental health interventions. Audience members included school administrators, school board members, educators, researchers, and state education agency representatives from across the nation. She also presented, along with Kristy Warmbold-Brann (a school psychology graduate student from the University of Missouri) at the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) Conference in Lake Ozark on October 26, 2015. The presentation was titled Developing Systems for Providing Mental Health Services in Rural Schools and discussed a grant project in which school psychologists are working with four rural school districts in mid-Missouri in order to build capacity for mental health service provision. Audience members include school administrators, school board members, and educators. MASP helped sponsor this presentation.

Thank you Lindsay and Kristy!

Legislative News 6/26/15

Governor Nixon vetoed HB 42 today.  The link below will take you to his veto letter.  The Governor cited the vouchers for virtual schools, the lack of a tuition cap, and the establishment of many unnecessary new funds and bureaucracies as the reasons for his veto. It is not anticipated that there will be a legislative attempt to override the governor's veto of this bill.

The week of 12/8/14

MASP is proud to be a part of the Transformation Advisory committee sponsored by the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE) that is promoting a wonderful vision for restructuring education and special education by advocating for developing multi-tiered systems of support throughout the state. A special thanks to Kim Moore and Mike Bahr for being a part of the advisory team! Look for an article in the upcoming MASP newsletter from Kim that will explain the vision and possible outcomes for us and other educators across Missouri.

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