Our school district is once again spreading false information to its
citizens in hopes that you will contact your legislators and have them
vote no on a bill that is essential to kids with special needs. Anyone
that has a child with special needs knows that they need to pass this
bill. Lee's Summit has consistently left our children behind and we
need legislation to ensure that does not continue.
are also listing who voted on the bill so that you will think that they
are not voting in the right way. You need to congratulate these
legislators for voting for our children and standing up to the bullying
of the school district.
Shame on the House for not passing this bill.
Here is part of the mass email.
students, thank you for subscribing to "R-7 Advocacy," for staying
informed and for contacting your legislators. Today's issue includes voting
records on three bills that were voted on by the General Assembly this spring.
Two were passed by the General Assembly and one -- Senate Bill 365 -- was not
Bill 365, a bill that would
have made significant and harmful changes to special education law in Missouri.
The bill was approved by the Senate but did not come up for a vote in the
House. Senate Bill 365 was inconsistent and even contradictory to federal law
on special education, shifted the burden of proving compliance with special
education procedures to school districts and allowed parents of students with special
needs to assert an individualized education program (IEP) is defective with
little or no evidence, requiring districts to disprove allegations. If the bill
had been approved, it would have resulted in significant costs for school
Voting records: All four
senators representing R-7 voted in favor of Senate Bill 365 although the
district opposed it. They are Sen. Will Kraus, Sen. Jason Holsman, Sen. Shalonn
“Kiki” Curls and Sen. Paul LeVota. No vote was taken in the House.