Charter school bill reignites lively debate

Posted Марта 20, 2017

Missouri's charter schools are now limited to St. Louis and Kansas City school districts, and any that are unaccredited.

House Bill 634 seeks to expand charter schools across a broader region of Missouri. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin. "No", he said. "A charter school can be the answer for that child or that parent who has been trapped in a really, really bad school district".

So while many charter schools offer students a more viable path to high school graduation, the low college success rate in many cases is forcing the schools themselves to rethink their offerings.

Other approved changes would allow, not require, charter schools to give enrollment preference to lower-income students, and would allow charter school students who can not participate in state-sanctioned school athletics at their school to participate in sports at the traditional public school in their district, along with a few other changes. Judy Morgan, D-Kansas City.

The changes also added language that says any charter school teacher must be a qualified teacher, as well as stating that students would be prevented from going across county or district lines to attend a charter unless a regional charter school was created. Last November, Durango passed a $1.7 million mill levy override that would be shared equally with charter school students.

House Bill 281 began as an attempt to limit how much Kentucky's attorney general could pay outside lawyers to handle complex litigation targeting corporations accused of harming Kentuckians.

It's a slowdown that overlaps with what many would agree has been a relatively thriving political and economic period for charters-the sector drew robust support from the Obama administration and is expected to be embraced similarly by the pro-school choice Trump administration. Two committees have passed it; the bill awaits first-round approval by the full House, which could happen later this week.

On Tuesday she argued that other north Omaha parents need the choices that charter schools could provide. It received a public hearing Tuesday afternoon, but no vote was taken. It would only allow new charters to open if the state school formula is fully funded.

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Opinion: Charters can ignore all regulations and, since that's the goal, we should just let current public schools avoid the same burdensome regs. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

During testimony before the Senate Education Committee last week, Bevin said while charter schools aren't "a silver bullet", Kentucky should borrow the best ideas from what has worked in other communities, and noted the almost 7,000 charters operating in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

The charter school bill passed both the Senate and back through the House. "And it will. These management companies have to make money, folks", said Richards. Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, said Wednesday that the bill will be addressed during the final two days of the session. Charles, said passing his measure would introduce competition as a means of improving public education. "But when that competition shows up you've gotta do better or you lose".

"What do you say to a parent whose child is in a failing school?"

State Rep. Jason Petrie, R-Elkton, representing Logan, Todd and a portion of Warren County, said Wednesday the measure is a "common sense" approach and provides mechanisms for those individuals to settle restitution and fine obligations faster. Like most public schools, he said, some are good and some aren't.

Compared to states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona, where charter schools are less well regulated, he said the charter school sector in Colorado has focused on quality.

"Only 46 percent of charter schools for the 2015-16 school year would meet minimum requirements to be accredited", Teeter said. Some raised concerns about low performance of existing charters.

For decades, the White House has given charters great support, and we're confident that support will continue.

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