Senate Plan Could Eliminate Failing School Districts

Bill Reker

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri senators voted to give the State Board of Education power to eliminate failing school districts. If a failing school district cannot afford to keep its doors open through the end of the school year, the Senate plan would let the State Board of Education shut the district down.

Columbia Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer sponsored the amendment.

He said it prevents situations like Normandy where the district came to lawmakers asking for extra money to survive until summer.

“I am moving that crisis point sooner so that not when your 500 feet before impact and the train truck but when you’re 5 miles down the road and you know that there’s a stalled truck on the track,” says Schaefer.

The amendment is part of a larger proposal aimed at helping failing districts.

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