st. louis public school district

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Education officials say Missouri schools experience widespread chronic absenteeism with more than 40,000 students in the St. Louis region and nine area counties who have missed 15 or more days of school during the 2013-14 school year.

About $1 million in Missouri taxpayer money is set to go to an education nonprofit tasked with helping at-risk St. Louis youth.

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The Missouri Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of a 1993 law requiring failing school districts to pay for students to transfer to neighboring schools.