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April 2, 2019

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Debate is Possibly Imminent on Bill Allowing Charters to Open Across Missouri

The Missouri Senate is likely to take up for debate SB 292 , a charter school expansion bill, either today or later this week. The bill seeks to expand charter schools by allowing them to be sponsored in school districts located in counties with a charter form of government (Jackson, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis), in cities with a population of 30,000 or more, and in any accredited district in the state if "evidence of community support" is provided.

In a news release, the Missouri School Boards Association writes, "Even if a charter school is not sponsored in your district, your district would be required to pay tuition for your students to attend a charter school if they want to enroll. Here is a map indicating where charter schools would be allowed under the bill."

MSBA's Delegate Assembly has adopted the following position statement on charter schools: "MSBA supports only those charter schools that are authorized by local boards of education and subject to the same accountability standards as other Missouri public schools. SB 292 does not meet those criteria."

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.