Missouri legislature fails school transfer test

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After years of waffling, the Missouri General Assembly last week cobbled together a flawed fix to a problematic state law regarding student transfers out of unaccredited school systems.

Senate Bill 493 solves a few problems but creates a host of new ones — most notably with a provision that would allow students in unaccredited districts to use taxpayer funds to attend nonreligious private schools in Jackson County, St. Louis and St. Louis County.

At first glance the voucher component appears limited. District residents would have to agree to it with a vote, and the private schools would have to comply with a number of state regulations.

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