Governor weighs plan to fix Missouri's student transfer law
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon must decide whether to sign a bill aimed at fixing Missouri's flawed student transfer system.
The bill passed by lawmakers Tuesday is the Legislature's second attempt at revising a law that requires struggling districts to pay tuition for students to switch to better-performing schools.
That system has meant financial hardship for some schools.
The bill would accredit schools by building, rather than by district. Students in failing schools could first transfer to accredited buildings within their district, with the goal of keeping them and tuition dollars in the district.
Nixon vetoed a proposal last year because it contained a private, nonreligious school option. The proposal this year instead gives students more choices to switch to charter and virtual schools.
A spokesman says Nixon is reviewing the bill.