Lawmakers Fail to Improve St. Louis Schools

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Saturday, May 19 2007 May 19, 2007 Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:01:03 AM CDT May 19, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers ended their annual session yesterday without dealing with failing school districts in St. Louis. Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons of Kirkwood had made St. Louis schools a priority when he spoke to the Senate in January. But he says he fell short in his attempt to get legislation passed. On Thursday, House members passed a bill that would have provided teacher pay incentives, make it easier for professionals to become certified to teach and require the state Board of Education to fix problems in failing districts. But the Senate didn't take up the bill yesterday, saying it didn't have enough support. St. Louis Democratic Senator Jeff Smith says he's frustrated they couldn't get a comprehensive bill passed this year.

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