Missouri Senate Backs Bill Addressing School Transfer Dilemma

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The Senate is expected to pass legislation today designed to fix problems caused by a state law upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court last June that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to new schools. Senators cleared one of the biggest hurdles by agreeing late Wednesday on a compromise over how to calculate the tuition sending districts would be forced to pay for each transfer student.

The bill, as approved by the Senate, classifies all individual schools and allows students in unaccredited schools to transfer to accredited schools within their district. It also creates a threshold of 55 percent of schools becoming unaccredited before the district does. That would save Kansas City Public Schools and the Normandy School District in the St. Louis area from unaccredited status, which has led to an exodus of students.

Read more from the Jefferson City News Tribune and the Kansas City Star

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