The four senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, say their legislation makes much-needed modifications.
The first were scheduled Monday in St. Charles and St. Louis, where student transfers out of unaccredited districts have received particular attention.
Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, says the district had 99 percent attendance on the first day.
The $385,000 contract with The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust seeks recommendations by January that could later be implemented in the Kansas City School District and potentially also in Normandy, Riverview Gardens or any other districts that become unaccredited.
Rep. Mike Colona, D-. St. Louis, says he feels good about the eventual outcome because stakeholders, including parents and children, will have input.
The Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri said Thursday that the five families mulling a suit against the Mehlville district have received suitable school assignments.
The Ferguson-Florissant district was going to have to use $3 million from its reserve to balance its budget but it will wind up with a $1.2 million surplus.
District Chief Financial Officer Ennis Moss says transportation will cost about $601,000 per year. He says it was a decision the district had to make quickly.
“My heart goes out to those two superintendents who started July 1st. They’ve been on the job roughly six weeks and obviously they have a very challenging situation.”
An education board spokeswoman admits they’ve had little success fixing unaccredited school districts thus far.