WASHINGTON – (7/14/17) U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill met with public school board members and administrators from across Missouri in a series of recent meetings to discuss the impact of proposed federal budget cuts on Missouri public schools as well as other issues facing rural school districts.
“Public schools are the beating heart of so many Missouri communities, and the work these passionate and dedicated school leaders do for our kids has such a tremendous impact,” said McCaskill, a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo. “As a proud product of public schools, I know just how important a strong public school system is for the future of our children and our state.”
McCaskill, a longtime advocate for Missouri students joined a bipartisan effort to restore Secure Rural Schools funding for communities surrounding Mark Twain National Forest—to provide resources to support local schools, transportation, and public safety services.
Citing the danger posed to Missouri’s small towns and rural communities, where public school resources are critical, McCaskill joined bipartisan opposition in voting against Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. DeVos is a lifelong advocate for the for-profit school industry, and has spent her career working to privatize public education.
In 2015, the advancement of the nation’s largest education overhaul since 2001 included a combination of provisions from McCaskill such as legislation to support military spouses by letting teachers transfer credentials across state lines, and a plan to improve health education with a focus on safe relationships and consent.