ASSN. OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Missouri Association of School Administrators Endorses Governor Jay Nixon
Governor's Experienced Leadership Strengthens Schools & Communities
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Today, the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) announced its endorsement of Gov. Jay Nixon for a second term. At a time when other states are slashing support for education, Gov. Nixon made protecting resources for public schools a priority and this year signed a budget providing record funding for K-12 education.
"Over the past four years, Gov. Jay Nixon's strong support of Missouri public schools - and his opposition to voucher schemes that would undermine them - has had a real and positive impact on students, teachers and administrators alike. That's why he has our endorsement, and why we urge all Missourians who value public education to give him their vote in November," said MASA President Mary Beth Scherer, Superintendent at the Concordia R-II School District. "While other states slashed support for education, Gov. Jay Nixon worked across the aisle to provide record funding for K-12 schools and protect Missouri's perfect AAA credit rating, which makes school improvement projects more affordable for our districts. Today, test scores and graduation rates are up, and 65,000 more high school students have the opportunity to earn A+ Scholarships."
The group also noted that Gov. Nixon's Republican opponent, Dave Spence, has been inconsistent with his positions on education issues like vouchers, which would funnel money from public schools to private prep schools. At times, Spence has said he thinks "vouchers are great" and suggested at a recent forum that public schools need to "tear up" their business model and "start over". In addition to Gov. Nixon's support of Missouri schools, Mr. Spence's inconsistencies made the choice clear for MASA.
"We need a leader that upholds the values that protect Missouri public schools and who works with all stakeholders to ensure that student needs are put first," said Phil Cook, Superintendent at Carl Junction R-I and serves as the President of MASA's Southwest District. "Jay Nixon has been that leader and I look forward to working with the Governor in his second term to continue the progress we have made over the last four years."
The son of a schoolteacher and a proud product of Missouri public schools, Gov. Jay Nixon has protected funding for K-12 schools even during extremely tight budget years, and in June signed a budget that included record funding for K-12 education. The Governor has awarded millions in no-interest bonds for school construction and renovation projects, and helped nearly 150 schools earn Missouri's A+ Schools designation, giving 65,000 additional students the opportunity to earn scholarships for two tuition-free years at one of Missouri's community colleges. By supporting quality teachers and school leaders, Gov. Jay Nixon is committed to helping our schools meet high standards - including his goal of making Missouri's education system one of the top ten in the nation by 2020.
These efforts, in concert with teachers and administrators at the local level, have translated into real results at schools across the state: test scores and graduation rates have increased, and more students are earning college credit by taking Advanced Placement exams. In fact, among those states that test 75 percent or more of their graduating seniors on the ACT, Missouri's scores rank fourth in the nation. With a strong leader like Gov. Nixon who understands the importance of education - and educators - to the future of our state, Missouri schools will continue to move in the right direction.
(CONTACT: Mike Lodewegen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-638-4825)