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The first education legislation for the 2020 legislative session are being filed this week.
Missouri senators and representatives are dealing with a wide range of issues in their initial filings.
They address everything from bill that would essentially abolish charter schools to a bill that would allow students to apply sunscreen while at school.
Many of the initial filings only include a single sentence on what the bill will do. We will have more blogs about the meat of the legislation later in December.
A number of the pre-filed bills deal with charter schools and other education choice issues.
Sen. Ed Emery and Rep. Holly Rehder have both filed bills, SB 525 and HB 1487 that would allow the creation of a charter school in the Kansas City area that would only serve students in recovery from substance abuse.
Sen. Emery has also filed two other charter related bills. SB 527 is a comprehensive bill that addresses a variety of issues including regulating charter sponsors and charter school contracts. SB 734 addresses the charter school funding gap and ensures that charter school students get the same funding as district students.
Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin and Sen. Bill Eigel have filed bills, SB 603 and SB 649, that would expand where charter schools can be created to cities with a population of 30,000 or greater or charter counties. These bills also address charter school admissions and charter school funding.
Sen. Gary Romine, a long-time opponent of charter schools, has filed a bill that would essentially phase out the very idea of charter schools in Missouri. His bill, SB 534, would erase 20 years of charter school successes in Kansas City and St. Louis City.
Sen. Andrew Koenig’s SB 707 would create Missouri’s first Empowerment Scholarship Account. Under his legislation, students with special needs, children of military personnel, wards of the state or students who have been bullied would qualify for scholarships that could be used to pay for private school tuition, homeschooling or other educational expenses.
Here is a breakdown of other education-related bills that have been pre-filed:
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