Daily Archives: October 14, 2008

why springfield area superintendents don’t trust proposition A

Many school districts are being told that they will be receiving money if Proposition A passes, many superintendents are not counting on the money.  In the Springfield area, Nixa is projected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to receive $417,001 but the school district is not planning on seeing any money.  The Springfield News Leader spoke with the Nixa superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith and the finance director for Nixa schools, Brenda Rantz, and they outlined why they were skeptical:

They don’t trust the projections and consider any fund increases to be “soft money.”

They feel it will give the false impression that public schools won’t need additional help beyond the increase. Or, in other words, legislators might be less likely to find new ways to fund public education because they will assume that the schools need less.

They think there is a real ethical problem with trying to fund public schools with gambling losses that will cause addicts and their families to suffer…

I asked Kleinsmith: Does Prop. A feel like the mobster uncle who wants to give money to your favorite charity?

“Exactly, something just doesn’t feel right about it,” Kleinsmith said

More and more superintendents are coming forward with reservations on Proposition A and feel this is a scrupulous way to attempt to fund our schools.  Vote No on A and encourage everyone you know to sign up and volunteer to help put Missouri First.

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the joplin globe says no on proposition a

The Joplin Globe’s editorial board has taken a strong stance against Proposition A.  They point to several reasons it should be rejected including the devious nature of casinos attempting to shut down competition in the state through a cap on licenses.  They went on to share their position on just how terrible it is to use our school children for the casinos economic gain.  They included strong language from Webb City R-7 Superintendent Ron Lankford:

As for the rewards for schools, we looked to Webb City R-7 Superintendent Ron Lankford, who says Proposition A is “about gambling, not about education,” he said.

In fact, the longtime superintendent told us that he resents groups using education as a carrot to entice people to vote for a measure.

“There is a hard sell to pass this initiative, and education tends to be an area that people are interested in, so they will vote yes on it because they think it will help the schools,” he said.

In the end, Lankford believes propositions like this jade the voters and eventually end up hurting local school districts.

“The initiative would grant casinos as monopoly in Missouri on the backs of education.”

The Joplin Globe understands how the casinos are attempting to control the competitive environment.  Lets not make losers of the people and let the casinos create a monopoly on the backs of our school children.  Please encourage others to Visit NOonA.com for more information