Nixon Cites Concerns About Private School Option

5 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Friday, May 02 2014 May 2, 2014 Friday, May 02, 2014 3:14:00 AM CDT May 02, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is voicing reservations about the idea of letting students in unaccredited districts transfer to nonreligious private schools at public expense.

The Legislature is working on revisions to Missouri's law requiring unaccredited districts to pay transportation and tuition for students to transfer to nearby public schools.

The House and Senate have both endorsed versions that would also allow transfers to private schools. Unaccredited districts would pay for those transfers using revenue from local taxes.

Nixon said Thursday public money shouldn't be spent for private education. He says funding for school districts already is limited and noted that Missouri's formula for providing basic aid to districts is not fully funded.

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