Nixon nearing decision on school transfer bill

Gov. Jay Nixon said he is in the final stages of reviewing a bill designed to address problems with the state’s school transfer laws. The Democratic governor said he will announce his decision in a matter of “days, not weeks.”

The bill, HB 42, would allow for the expansion of charter and virtual schools in St. Louis and Jackson Counties. It would also let students transfer from poor-performing schools to better schools in the same district, to charter schools, or to virtual schools. Additionally, it would require the Department of Education to accredit schools on an individual basis, rather than by district.

Backers of the bill say it will help students in struggling districts by giving them more options close to home. Opponents, primarily Democrats in Kansas City and St. Louis, say the bill won’t help struggling schools.

The bill passed the Missouri Senate with a veto-proof majority, but in the House it fell 25 votes shy of the 109 that would be needed to override a veto by Nixon.

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