House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill

04/23/2014 2:27 PM

04/23/2014 2:29 PM

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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