Student Transfer Bill Heads for Mo. Senate

AP) – A Missouri Senate committee has advanced legislation on student transfers and unaccredited school districts, clearing the way for debate by the full chamber.

The Senate Education Committee endorsed the bill Thursday. Committee Chairman David Pearce, a Republican from Warrensburg, says the vote is a huge step.

Numerous bills have been filed this year to address struggling school districts and a state law requiring unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation costs for students who transfer to a nearby accredited school. The law has led to financial problems for unaccredited districts and concerns among accredited schools about the number of transfers they must accept.

Students have transferred during the current academic year out of St. Louis County’s unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts. The Kansas City district is also unaccredited.
Kansas City Democrat Jason Holsman voted AGAINT the plan.
He objects to an amendment that was attached to the bill.
The amendment would permit fleeing students to transfer to a non sectarian private school.
Holsman opposes uses public money for a private school in this manner.

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