Move to Allow Charter Schools Statewide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)—Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to allow charter schools in districts across the state while also adding new requirements designed to boost accountability.

Charter schools receive public funding, but they are independent and are sponsored by universities, community colleges or local school districts. Currently, charter schools are allowed in only St. Louis city and Kansas City.

Legislation would allow charters in districts that have lost state accreditation or in those that are provisionally accredited. Charter schools also would be permitted in accredited school districts if the local school board is the sponsor.

In the effort to boost accountability, the State Board of Education would evaluate charter school sponsors every three years. Also, the state board would approve new sponsors before starting a charter school.

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