PTA hosts Kids First Town Hall meeting

March 12, 2014 

Jacque Gragg introduces, from left, Rep. Gary Cross, Rep. Jeff Grisamore, Sen. Will Kraus and Rep. Mike Cierpiot.

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Members of the Missouri General Assembly discussed education issues during a Kids First Town Hall Meeting, held Feb. 27.

The event was sponsored by the Missouri PTA and the Lee’s Summit Council of PTAs.

Elected officials attending were Sen. Will Kraus, Rep. Jeff Grisamore, Rep. Gary Cross and Rep. Mike Cierpiot, although all legislators who represent the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District were invited.

Dorothy Gardner, Missouri PTA president elect and past vice president of legislation and advocacy, moderated the forum, asking questions related to Missouri PTA’s top priorities. These include local control of schools, funding for early childhood education, increased parental engagement and opposition toward tax credits going to tuition for non-public school children.

Also included in the discussion were bills related to the transfer of students from unaccredited to accredited districts as well as texting while driving.

The event was facilitated by Jacque Gragg, Lee’s Summit Council of PTAs president and legislative chair.

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