State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro is accused of working with groups opposed to public education.
The four senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, say their legislation makes much-needed modifications.
And while no changes will be implemented immediately, Captain Sam Dotson calls the meeting productive.
“All the time I hear parents say, ‘Oh, Mayor, I’d like to stay in the city. I want my child to get into Mallincrodt , or McKinley or Kennard.’”
The Missouri State Board of Education heard a report Tuesday about the shutdown of six schools run by Virginia-based Imagine Schools Inc.
Gov. Jay Nixon says he will sign legislation allowing charter schools to operate in more areas of Missouri but with greater oversight.
Supporters argued the state has a responsibility to provide students in failing school districts with an alternative.
Lawmakers have already passed a $24 billion budget and a bill creating a dedicated funding source for veterans nursing homes.
Education policy issues include public school funding and dealing with the unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.
Group leader says affected students should be able to transfer to an accredited district.