A disagreement over Medicaid funding
led to an abrupt ending to the 2021 legislative session last Friday in Missouri. With four hours remaining on the clock, Sen. John Rizzo
motioned for adjournment, leaving a pile of unfinished business in his wake. He called it "a perfect ending to a dysfunctional year."
A great deal of education-related legislation suffered collateral damage, and with the exception of education scholarship accounts and a couple of smaller provisions, very few education priorities advanced.
On the other hand, the Kansas State Legislature, which has adjourned until its annual Sine Die session on May 26th, approved numerous education-related provisions this year; however, lawmakers blocked most school choice proposals.
State house reporters summed up this year's work as follows:
from the Missouri Independent
penned a thoughtful wrap-up of session, writing, "To be sure, the 2021 legislative session saw major pieces of the GOP agenda find their way to the governor's desk. Many of those - public money to help offset the cost of private school tuition, or a push to block cities from cutting police budgets - were key priorities of the Senate's conservative caucus.
But for every significant bill where the Senate GOP remained united, there was another where they splintered." Read more here .
from the Kansas City Star
recapped the session in Kansas and wrote, "The GOP lost two big culture war battles - major expansions to school choice and a ban on transgender athletes in K-12 and college sports for girls and women - but kept the issues alive for 2022." Read more here
Aligned saw success with scholarship-related measures in Kansas and realized a long-time goal of advancing a new governance structure for early care and education in Missouri.
Read our win some/lose some summary below.