Senate panel endorses Missouri school measure

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.

LEGISLATIVE POLICY BRIEF: Education

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.