State lawmakers push charter school expansion

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 04 2017 Mar 4, 2017 Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:06:41 AM CST March 04, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are pushing to expand charter schools around the state.

Advocates said less oversight from traditional public school boards and the state gives school leaders the ability to innovate in the classroom. But critics said there's not enough accountability for schools that receive tax dollars while being independently run.

Current Missouri law allows charters to operate independently of local districts only in Kansas City in St. Louis, where charters have received a mixed bag of performance scores.

Bills working their way through the Missouri Legislature would expand that process to the rest of state, where charter schools currently must be tied to local school districts. No districts have opened a charter school.

 

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