Posted by Dave Berry
By Marshall Griffin
After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri’s student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.
The final vote was 27-5, with senators from both parties supporting it. The five “no” votes came from both parties as well: Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Callaway County (but who lives in Kansas City), Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, Paul LeVota, D-Independence, and Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff. Senate Bill 493 is now in the hands of the Missouri House. That chamber’s version is sponsored by state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.
“There are 23 school districts (in Missouri) now that are provisionally accredited, some of them at 50 percent — if they slip 1/2 of a point (then) they’re in unaccredited status,” Stream said. “We need to address the whole picture of why these school districts are failing, but at the same time immediately give kids and their parents access to a high quality education.”
Source: St. Louis Public Radio