Missouri Senate to vote on KC schools takeover bill - KCTV5

Missouri Senate to vote on KC schools takeover bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Some Missouri lawmakers want to fast track a state takeover of Kansas City Public Schools and other unaccredited school districts.

The full Missouri Senate will vote Tuesday on Senate Bill 7, sponsored by state Sen. David Pearce, which would speed up the takeover.

Previously, a Missouri Senate committee voted to pass the bill that would allow the state education agency to take over struggling districts sooner.

If the House passes the bill - and Gov. Jay Nixon signs it - the state could take over the school district and other unaccredited districts.

Under current law, the Kansas City district and other unaccredited districts have at least two years to improve academic performance and avoid a takeover.

Kansas City Superintendent Stephen Green asked lawmakers not to authorize an immediate takeover of districts showing progress.

His request fell on deaf ears from most lawmakers on the committee.

"For me, I wasn't in favor of the amendment, because I think the Kansas City, MO, School District has had enough time," said Pearce, who leads the Senate Education Committee.

"It's a very difficult decision.  It's something that requires a lot of time and energy and emotion even for us legislators as well," Sen. Kiki Curls said.

Many senators say the Kansas City Public Schools has had more than enough time to make improvements.  They say it is time to move forward because the future of too many students depends on what action is taken.

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