Chaotic closures, low test scores and financial struggles have dogged the charter school movement in Missouri.
Now, legislation under consideration by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to end those problems with more supervision of the publicly funded but independently run schools.
Charter backers are supporting the increased reporting requirements and other efforts to improve oversight, which are paired with provisions to allow the schools to expand to new areas of the state.
Currently, charter schools are permitted only in Kansas City and St. Louis. And sponsors — generally universities — are responsible for periodically reviewing the charter schools they oversee.