Missouri Senate Republicans Push for Bill to Improve Public Schools

Apr 12, 2017

   Republicans in the Missouri Senate are pushing a bill they say will improve public schools and meet one of Governor Eric Greitens’ goals for the 2017 session. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin has more:

   In his State of the State Address, Greitens called for the creation of education savings accounts, which parents could use for school expenses such as textbooks and tutoring.

   A measure approved by the Senate earlier this week provides those for students with disabilities, those in foster homes and those from military families. It also requires individual schools be accredited instead of school districts, and would allow students in failing districts to attend charter and virtual schools. 

   The bill sponsor is Republican Senator Andrew Koenig of St. Louis County:

   “We’ve had a lot of these issues that have been lingering for years because they’d been vetoed by our previous governor (Jay Nixon)…I’m optimistic that we’re going to get it across the finish line.”

   But the Missouri School Board Association criticized the bill, saying it would create a voucher system that funnels public money to private schools. 

   In Jefferson City, I’m Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio.

   The bill is expected to be sent to the House on Thursday.