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Politics
8:29 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Student-transfer bill on its way to Nixon, 'private option' intact

Rep. Clem Smith, D-Velda Village Hills, who represents part of the Normandy school district, calls the bill "experimentation on kids that look like me."
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed the so-called student transfer fix, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon one day before the end of the 2014 legislative session.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:04 pm

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Private school option spurs opposition ed. bill

Credit KBIA

A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Troubled school district faces uncertain future

While other school districts are hiring new teachers and preparing for next fall, the uncertainty over the future of the Normandy district in St. Louis County has left the superintendent unsure how to move forward.

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Education
8:01 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Mo. agency to oversee school district's finances

Chris Nicastro
Credit Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Missouri State Board of Education has voted to impose financial oversight on a St. Louis County school district facing bankruptcy.

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Education
7:34 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm

JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:09 pm

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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Education
7:35 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State's unaccredited school districts face dire situation, DESE reports to House committee

The Joint Committee on Education met at the state Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Education
8:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Unaccredited St. Louis school districts facing $23 million bill for transfers

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Two troubled St. Louis-area school districts could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.

The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.

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