Mo. Lawmakers Hope to Pass Overhaul of School Transfer Law

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - A bill aimed at fixing Missouri’s school transfer law could be heading to the governor’s desk as soon as today, but whether Jay Nixon will sign it remains a question.

Nixon opposes the provision that allows students to transfer to private, non-sectarian schools within their unaccredited district, because it sends state funds to private schools.

Kirkwood State Rep. Rick Stream says sending public funds to private entities is not unusual, and the goal is a good one.

“To try to keep the kids in a high-quality education environment, or move them into a high-quality education environment close to their home, which could be charter schools in their district or private schools in their district,” he says.

The bill will only allow such transfers in the first three years, if the district’s voters approve.

Stream tells KMOX’s Charlie Brennan the bill would limit class sizes in receiving schools and lower the tuition paid by the unaccredited district.

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