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MO House panel OKs student transfer bill

Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:24 Published in Local News
   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.
   The bill would limit the tuition paid by struggling districts and allow the receiving schools to set policies for how many students they accept. Students could transfer to better schools within their home districts. They also could go to other school districts, charter schools or nonreligious private schools within the same county or a bordering one.
   Some members of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee expressed reservations Wednesday. They said the bill is imperfect but that the issue is important enough for the measure to keep moving through the Legislature.
   The measure cleared the Senate earlier.
 
   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.
   The supplemental budget signed into law Wednesday moves $69 million to the state Medicaid program to offset a shortfall in Missouri's settlement payments from tobacco companies. It also includes an extra $3 million to help low-income people pay utility bills, and $2 million to help the unaccredited Normandy School District.
   The measure also provides additional funding for public schools and colleges through June 30 to make up for shortfalls in gambling and lottery revenues.
   Nixon froze $22 million budgeted for schools and colleges earlier this month, saying lawmakers had not included enough money in the supplemental budget.
 

UPDATE: Missing So. County teen home safe

Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:14 Published in Local News
   A South County teen who had been the subject of an Endangered Person Advisory is home safe.  
   St. Louis County Police had issued the advisory Wednesday night when 16 year old Blake Graham disappeared after arguing with his family and threatening suicide.  
   Police canceled the advisory about 4 a.m. Thursday, saying the teen had returned home overnight.

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