Students in failing districts may be forced into staying in school for extra hours under a new transfer law proposal.
Wrap: Five St. Louis area senators unveiled identical proposals which for one, give schools the option to extend their school day and year.
Sponsor St. Louis County Senator Eric Schmitt says national studies show longer school days in at-risk communities like the ones unaccredited school districts are in brought positive results.
Schmitt says this plan would not necessarily work for everyone, however.
|Description: "I think we've got to break out of this mold that one size fits all for a school district in Nixa and a school district in North St. Louis County."|
Receiving school districts could block some transfers from unaccredited schools under a new proposal.
Wrap: It would give school boards in accredited school districts authority to decide how many transfers they take in.
Boards would have to establish this criteria by August.
Sponsor St. Louis County Senator Eric Schmitt says this criteria is needed to address classroom size issues.
|Description: "It's not realistic, nor does it benefit the kids that are residing in that district or kids that are seeking to attend that district to have 30 students in a classroom, if the best way to deal with this has been decided as a certain 20-1 student teacher ratio.|
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Taylor Beck. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
A student transfer law that could leave Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts bankrupt by the end of this year gets another look from five St. Louis area senators.
Wrap: The five St. Louis area lawmakers...both republicans and democrats... each have come to a complicated compromise to change the state's current transfer law.
Their identical proposals allows some schools in unaccredited districts to count seperately as accredited schools among many other things.
|Description: "that is why it's a beginning. This is a starting point. We can work together, we can work across the aisle. Education is not a partisan issue."|
A push to change the school transfer laws could put more of a financial strain on already struggling unaccredited school districts
Wrap: The proposal is aimed at fixing the transfer school problem which could soon leave Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts bankrupt.
One part of the measure allows failing districts to force their kids to stay in school longer each day or even year.
St. Louis County Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she worries about who would pay for the extended hours.
|Description: "when you're at zero, you're at zero, there's nothing left in the bank senator. How many checks are we writing out that's leaving a Normandy school district or Riverview school district?"|
Senator Eric Schmitt says these extended hours could improve the quality of failing schools.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m Taylor Beck. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.