Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed House Bill 42, saying it fails to solve the problems of unaccredited school districts in the St. Louis region and creates new problems and mandates for public schools across the state.
The veto likely will mean the end of requiring failing districts to pay for students to transfer to better-performing ones nearby.
The bill calls for an expansion of a virtual school option for students who have been in an unaccredited school for at least one semester.
Missouri Board of Education restores classification
Reining in the expensive Missouri school transfer law could see some changes coming from the state legislature this year.
Rep. Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, will hear from education officials from across the state in Jefferson City on Tuesday afternoon, including the heads of failing districts in St. Louis.
The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Francis Howell Central High School gym.
The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to let the St. Louis public school district shed its “unaccredited” label, a move that makes it no longer subject to a state law allowing students to transfer to better-performing districts.
The Jordan Danielle King-Willmann lawsuit is among at least four stemming from a Missouri law allowing students from unaccredited districts to transfer to accredited districts.
A Jackson County judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on efforts by suburban school districts to block transfers of students