Senate panel endorses Missouri school measure

Posted by Dave Berry

By Chris Blank

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee advanced broad education legislation Thursday that could open the door for students attending struggling public schools to use district funds to transfer to private schools.

The measure seeks to address troubled districts and a state transfer law requiring unaccredited school systems to pay for students to transfer to better-performing nearby public schools. That has created financial problems for unaccredited districts and generated concern about the ability of surrounding schools to control the number of students.

Numerous bills have been filed this year, and Senate Education Committee Chairman David Pearce said getting a measure before the full chamber is a significant step. Senate leaders said legislation could be debated next week.

“What we pass out of committee today is just a start, and more than likely, the end bill or bills will not look like this at all by the time, hopefully, the governor signs it,” said Pearce, R-Warrensburg.

Source: Associated Press

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