Missouri House supports changes to charter-school law

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 8:01 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that expands the areas where charter schools can be established and changes how the state oversees them.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would allow charter schools to be set up in unaccredited school districts or school districts that have been provisionally accredited for at least three years. Current law allows charter schools to operate only in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

Sponsoring Rep. Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis City, said allowing more charter schools would give parents in failing school districts more options for educating their children.

The legislation would require that charter schools set academic goals. It would also allow the state to revoke the charter of schools its sponsors if the school fails to meet certain academic goals.

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