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Set a Good Example for Missouri Students: Register & Vote

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If you’re eligible and haven’t registered to vote yet, what are you waiting for? Today’s the deadline for Missourians to register to vote on November 8.

One of the reasons taxpayers support public schools is so they will teach students about citizenship, including their rights and privileges as voters. So exercise your right and privilege, and set a good example for our students.

There are a variety of Nov. 8 ballot issues on the Missouri side of the state line, including the proposed sales tax to help support the Kansas City Zoo.

Voters in the Liberty School District ill decide whether to increase their tax levy to support local education. Here is the portion of the sample ballot regarding that issue:

Here is more information from the Liberty School District about what’s at stake in this election: http://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/news/headlines/board-places-issue-on-november-ballo

And here is a link to the Liberty Kids First campaign on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LibertyKidsFirst/196739693732028

Not everyone favors allowing the district to raise and spend more money. Earlier this fall, Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson questioned the district’s fiscal responsibility: https://kceducationenterprise.org/2011/09/09/is-this-for-real-letter-from-liberty-mayor-to-school-superintendent-dated-sept-6-2011/

Here is information about how to register to vote in Missouri: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=voter

Residents of the Kansas City, Missouri School District would have been voting on a candidate to fill the Board of Education seat vacated by the resignation of Marilyn Simmons. However, because only one person filed for this position, voters will not have the opportunity to choose the person to represent Sub-district 6 during this critical time when Kansas City is trying to regain its accreditation. Carl Evans, a former Paseo Academy principal, will begin his term in office after November 8.

Kansans don’t have any issues to vote on until 2012, but here is information on how to register in that state: http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration.html

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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