School Transfer Bill Clears Major Hurdle

Posted by Dave Berry

By Jason Hancock

JEFFERSON CITY — An effort to stave off an uncontrolled exodus of students out of failing schools and into neighboring districts cleared a major hurdle Wednesday night.  

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to legislation aimed at addressing concerns about a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay tuition and provide transportation for any students who wish to attend an accredited school in the same or adjacent county. But disagreement emerged almost immediately over the impact the legislation could have on the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to legislation aimed at addressing concerns about a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay tuition and provide transportation for any students who wish to attend an accredited school in the same or adjacent county.

Despite the bill’s success, disagreement emerged almost immediately over the impact the legislation could have on the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

The bill says the State Board of Education shall not classify a district as unaccredited unless at least 55 percent of its individual schools are rated as such. Currently, roughly 39 percent of the schools in the Kansas City district are considered unaccredited.

Source: Kansas City Star