Issue Summary: A number of bills are being considered once again in the Missouri legislature dealing with the rights of students attending underperforming public school districts. The law, as contained in Chapter 167.131 of the Revised Missouri Statutes (RSMo), came to the forefront several years ago after the families of six students attending the Clayton School District, while living within the boundaries of the St. Louis Public School District that was classified as unaccredited by the State Board of Education, filed suit to require the Clayton School District to bill St. Louis Public School District for the tuition they had been paying to send their children to attend Clayton.


During Tuesday evening’s State of the State, Governor Jay Nixon outlined several of his key budget priorities contained in his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget including: investing in and improving education at all levels, helping businesses continue to create jobs, strengthening our mental health safety net, balancing the budget while holding the line on taxes, and Medicaid expansion/reform.