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Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:24

MO House panel OKs student transfer bill

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.
   The bill would limit the tuition paid by struggling districts and allow the receiving schools to set policies for how many students they accept. Students could transfer to better schools within their home districts. They also could go to other school districts, charter schools or nonreligious private schools within the same county or a bordering one.
   Some members of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee expressed reservations Wednesday. They said the bill is imperfect but that the issue is important enough for the measure to keep moving through the Legislature.
   The measure cleared the Senate earlier.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.

The panel held 11 public meetings throughout the state this fall and released its report Tuesday to the House speaker.

One of its major topics was Missouri's law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to neighboring districts.

The committee recommended setting a fixed rate of tuition that schools receiving transfer students could charge. It also suggested prescribing the scope of receiving districts' control over the numbers and conditions of transfers they accept.

The panel also recommended that the Legislature look at providing more money for early childhood education, and longer school days for students, especially those who struggle academically or attend troubled districts.

 

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Monday, 23 September 2013 11:05

Education a priority for Missouri lawmakers

The many issues surrounding education in Missouri has lawmakers taking a closer look at student transfers, teacher evaluations and school safety. An interim House committee on education is holding hearings on those and other topics this week in several communities.  Meetings today in St. Charles and St. Louis will focus on student transfers out of unaccredited districts. This fall, students from the Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts became the first in Missouri to transfer to neighboring districts. Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Education has scheduled a hearing October 1 in Jefferson City focused solely on student transfers.

   

 
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