JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Bus rides for some Missouri students could get shorter under legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation would allow students in a few communities to enroll in a nearby district if they live at least 17 miles from the school they are supposed to attend, and a school building in the other district is at least 7 miles closer. Parents would need to request the school transfer, and it could be rejected if classrooms already are full.

The changes are designed to apply in St. Albans, St. Elizabeth and Gravois Mills.

Supporters say some children are spending more than an hour riding to school and that can make it harder to participate in extracurricular activities. Opponents have voiced concerns about how transfers could affect administrators’ ability to plan ahead.

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