Missouri committee approves school transfer bill

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Missouri House committee passed on Wednesday legislation that would lower tuition costs an unaccredited school district must pay when students transfer to another district.

But not every member of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee was happy with the bill. Dissenters did not think the bill addressed the problems of the school transfer law, which requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition and provide transportation for students who want to attend an accredited school in the same or adjacent county.

After a Missouri Supreme Court ruling upheld the current law in June, about 2,000 students transferred from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts to higher-performing schools throughout the St. Louis region.

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