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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) - More than 60 people spoke to Missouri lawmakers in Kirkwood Monday night at an open forum on education.

Nearly every speaker asked the House Interim Committee on Education to devote more money for the state’s schools.

“What are you going to do for this generation? We’ve seen what happened when you cut funding for the last generation and I implore you all to work hard and work together,” one man said.

More than 100 people showed up for the hearing on the Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College.

Another topic was school transfers, an issue that bogged down several communities over the summer as they struggled to find a place for students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts.

The Missouri Supreme Court recently upheld a law which allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to nearby districts at no additional cost, placing a further burden on the struggling unaccredited schools. Some speakers at Monday night’s hearing called for a repeal of the law while others applauded the opportunities it has afforded their children.

“Please continue to support the transfer program and the quality of education for all children,” one mother told the committee.

Members of the Missouri House will use Monday’s testimony in Kirkwood and other stops to write new legislation for consideration in next year’s legislative session.

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