Missouri lawmakers to review Kansas City, St. Louis school accreditation

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 7:48 a.m. CDT; updated 9:29 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers soon will be taking a look at school accreditation issues.

School districts in Missouri's two largest cities — Kansas City and St. Louis — are now unaccredited. The state's Board of Education revoked the accreditation of the Kansas City School District last week, which gives school officials two years to improve or risk state intervention.

Schools in the city of St. Louis lost their accreditation in 2007, and a special three-member transitional board has been given responsibility over the district.

The Missouri Legislature's Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation planned to meet Wednesday afternoon in the state Capitol. The committee has six state senators and six state representatives.