AMSD Assessment Position Paper Updated Feb. 2016
State policymakers should take advantage of the flexibility provided under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to design a state accountability system focused on improving student learning. The new system should reduce the number of required standardized tests by allowing school districts to use innovative, local assessments and replace the high school MCA exams with a nationally recognized college entrance exam. The state should also make available to school districts a career interest survey and the Optional Local Purpose Assessment.
AMSD Facilities Funding Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts urges the Governor and Legislature to continue to implement the recommendations of the School Facilities Financing Work Group including enhancing debt service equalization and establishing a new facilities improvement revenue to allow school districts to address safety and security needs and add needed classroom space for expanded early learning programming.
AMSD Charter Schools Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The Department of Education should be directed to identify which, if any, exemptions from state law or rule allow charter schools to increase student achievement or increase efficiencies. The Governor and Legislature should extend any identified exemptions to all school districts. In addition, the State should fully reimburse school districts for the cost of providing transportation and special education services to charter school students.
AMSD Compensatory Revenue Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The compensatory revenue formula should be enhanced by increasing the base funding for students from low-income families. It is important that the formula continue to provide additional resources for schools with high concentrations of low-income students to provide the programming and learning opportunities necessary to close the achievement gap.
AMSD Early Childhood Education Position Paper Updated Dec. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts supports expanding access to school-based prekindergarten programs. Funding for prekindergarten programs must be sufficient to ensure essential program components including licensed teachers, support staff, transportation and sufficient classroom space.
AMSD Guns on School Property Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
Any person, whether or not they have a permit to carry, who knowingly possesses, stores or keeps a dangerous weapon on school property in violation of state law, should be charged with a felony with the exception of licensed peace officers or military personnel performing official duties.
AMSD English Learner Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts supports increased funding for the English learner program to ensure that English learners have the opportunities and resources necessary to achieve State and Federal standards.
AMSD Mandate Reduction and Local Control Position Paper Updated Dec. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts supports eliminating unnecessarily restrictive mandates that increase administrative expenses and limit the ability of locally elected school boards to address the unique needs of their students and community. AMSD also supports broadening the levy and decision-making authority of locally elected school boards, including allowing school boards to renew an existing operating referendum by a majority vote of the board.
AMSD School Employee Health Insurance Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts opposes the establishment of a mandatory statewide health insurance pool for school employees and supports restoring inherent managerial rights and reducing the regulations related to the Health Insurance Transparency Act and the Public Employee Insurance Program.
AMSD Special Education Position Paper Updated Dec. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts supports increased state funding for special education to ensure that all students have the resources and opportunities necessary to achieve state and federal standards.
AMSD Vouchers Position Paper Updated Nov. 2016
The Association of Metropolitan School Districts opposes the diversion of public funds to nonpublic schools through the use of vouchers and extending K-12 tax credit to private school tuition. Furthermore, the State should require that any school receiving public aid or enrolling students from families receiving public educational subsidies be accessible to all students and comply with all state laws and rules that are applicable to public schools.