NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) – With the start of school inching closer for students of the now unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts, the uncertainty felt by parents is not being resolved and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to intervene.
“I would hope that legislators would be able to come together and have a thoughtful discussion next year about a more orderly way to provide families and parents options if a school is unaccredited,” Nixon says.
The governor says there are some ways to do that but he is leaving it up to state legislators and will not call them into a special session, as some have suggested he do.
“The legislature doesn’t appear to me it’s got consensus around that yet and, consequently, calling them into a special session just to have a state-funded debating society is not in the best but we will certainly look at this,” Nixon says. “This is an issue that’s important and hopefully we’ll be able to get a consensus around some improvements.”
Last week, the governor used the accreditation issues in Normandy and Riverview Gardens to defend his veto of the tax cut bill H.B. 253, which he says would have gutted K-12 education in the state.