Missouri House members plan to advance legislation that seeks to address a student transfer law requiring unaccredited school systems to pay for students who want to attend better-performing schools in nearby districts.
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.
Rep. Mike Colona, D-. St. Louis, says he feels good about the eventual outcome because stakeholders, including parents and children, will have input.
A St. Louis group that wants two school systems to accept more transfer students says it will decide by today whether to seek legal action.
An education board spokeswoman admits they’ve had little success fixing unaccredited school districts thus far.
Kirkwood Republican Rep. Rick Stream says he will introduce a bill in January allowing accredited districts to limit the number of transfers they must take but he expects strong opposition.