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Missouri GOP makes scholarship ban for students brought into country illegally a priority of veto session

When the Missouri General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Sept. 16, lawmakers will debate a bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon that would ban students whose parents entered the country without legal permission from being eligible for the state’s A+ Scholarship Program. “I can’t rationalize in my head why we would reward somebody who is breaking the law,” says state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Shell Knob Republican.

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Student Mobility Summit aims to raise high school graduation rates

City and county officials met in a daylong summit with education leaders to find solutions to a growing student mobility problem that keeps students from graduating from high school. “Our students can’t be afforded those opportunities if they don’t walk through the door,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.

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