Weekly Update
February 7, 2020

Winning in the Age of Agility
While the world watched the Kansas City Chiefs capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy last weekend, we noticed some similarities to the playmaking of Patrick Mahomes and the Age of Agility. Over the past two years, Aligned has partnered with America Succeeds to promote an initiative to promotes ways to build a more responsive and agile education system that will help students succeed in school, work and life.  

Okay, so what's the connection to Mahomes?

We looked at what made the Chief's QB the Super Bowl MVP. Here's what Mahomes' former coach Adam Cook told journalist Mac Engle of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.  

"He played all three sports, and you can see the influence of the sports that molded him into the player he is," Cook said. "The no-look passes you see? That's basketball. The elements of throwing it from awkward positions, that's from him throwing the ball across the diamond."

In a nutshell, he's agile. 

Success on the field requires players to be adaptable, resourceful, versatile, and flexible. Students need those same traits for success off the field.

By playing three sports, continuously competing, and having talented coaches and parents imparting wisdom and support by his side, Mahomes quickly developed into a world-class athlete who, at age 24, led his team to a world championship.  

"Players make plays."

As we embrace the Age of Agility, think about the formula that led to the prowess of Patrick Mahomes. Students need a playing field that allows for the testing of multiple pursuits, they need teammates who know how to collaborate, and they need adults to push them forward while also having their backs.  

Agility is the key to winning on any surface.

Cheers  t o the  C H I E F S !!!

Missouri Session News

Early Care and Education
We are tracking 11 bills related to early care and education.

Aligned has prioritized HB 2264 (Swan) and SB 973 (Wallingford), legislation that reforms the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood and renames it the "Missouri Early Childhood Cabinet". We are convening stakeholders and expect these bills to undergo a few revisions through the process. The goal is to clarify the board's purpose, strengthen  the appointment process, provide prominent gubernatorial leadership, and ensure valuable input from across state government. 

Bill status: 
HB 2264 - Read Second Time;  SB 973 - Read First Time 

Schools, Teachers and Students
We are tracking 181 bills related to schools, teachers and students.* 

*This is a long list and therefore we've listed only titles. You can access the full text for both House and Senate bills online at house.mo.gov by entering the bill number in the "Bill Search" window.

This week the Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced SB 581 ( Cierpiot), a bill that creates a tax credit scholarship program to benefit students from low-income families. The " Show Me a Brighter Future Scholarship Program" would allow taxpayers to claim a tax credit equal to 100% of their total contribution. The fund is capped at $25 million but will increase to $50 million if the amount claimed in the program's first year exceeds 90% of the available tax credits. The State Treasurer would allocate credits on a first come, first served basis. SB 581 was voted out of committee by a vote of 6-1

The committee also approved SB 583 (Arthur) by a vote of 7-0. This bill allows teachers to receive a 100% tax deduction for unreimbursed educator expenses not to exceed $500.

The Senate-General Laws committee passed SB 649 ( Eigel) by a vote of 4-2. This bill expands charter school authority into charter counties or cities with only one school district and a population greater than 30,000. The bill does not include charter expansion  in a district that is accredited by the State Board of Education with fewer than 3,000 students. 

Testifying in support
Testifying in opposition
Missouri Charter Public School AssociationMissouri Chamber of CommerceExcellence in Education in ActionMissouri Education Reform Council and two private citizens. 
School Administrators CoalitionMissouri NEAAmerican Federal of TeachersMissouri State Teachers Association, and one private citizen. 

The Senate-Government Reform committee passed a substitute for SB 603 (O'Laughlin), another charter expansion bill, by a vote of 5-1. This bill is similar to SB 649 with regards to expansion but has a less restrictive charter renewal policy and does not prioritize admission for students who qualify for free- and reduced-lunch. 

Testifying in support
Testifying in opposition
Missouri Charter Public School AssociationMissouri Chamber of CommerceExcellence in Education in ActionMissouri Education Reform CouncilAmerican Federation of ChildrenThe Opportunity Trust, and three private citizens. 
School Administrators CoalitionMissouri NEAAmerican Federal of TeachersMissouri State Teachers AssociationCoordinating School Districts of Greater Kansas CityKC Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel and two private citizens.

Kansas Session News

Next week the Senate Committee on Education committee will hear SB 335. This bill authorizes school districts to pay the tuition for a student's dual enrollment in a secondary education institution. The hearing is scheduled for 2/10 and  Aligned will submit testimony in support. 

In the  House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, Aligned is tracking the following:
HB2507 Liability protection for businesses that participate in high school work-based learning programs.
Aligned Spotlight 
Community outreach a Chiefs priority 

We wanted to take a few moments to congratulate the  Kansas City Chiefs - champions of  Super Bowl LVI. The Chiefs do great work on behalf of the KC community. Here are a few great links to check out!

This week's Ed-Lines

via The Topeka Capital-Journal
via The Joplin Globe
via Fulton Sun
via Columbia Daily Tribune
via TED Ideas
via McKinsey & Company
Child advocates kidding around

Left to right: Brian Schmidt - Kids Win Missouri, Linda Rallo - Aligned, Emily van Schenkhof - Children's Trust Fund, Craig Stevenson - Kids Win Missouri

It's a privilege to advocate on behalf of children's interests. And in Missouri, we are fortunate to have great working relationships with other statewide advocates. This week we met to work on early childhood policy and had a few laughs in the process.

Kids Win Missouri (KWM) is led by Brian Schmidt and Craig Stevenson heads up the KWM policy team. With more than 100 members, KWM has elevated the importance of child well being in the State Capitol. The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) is led by Emily van Schenkhof and their foundation works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse here. Since 1983, CTF has invested more than $64 million in child abuse prevention programs. 

Upcoming State Board of Education meetings
Kansas (February 12th and 13th)
Missouri (February 11th)

Office Hours
Office hours are on for Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. For Kansas, call Torree at (913) 484-4802. For Missouri, call Linda at (314) 330-8442.

Have a great weekend!

Torree Pederson

Linda Rallo