A decade ago, the founders of the St. Louis Language Immersion charter schools set out to offer something no other St. Louis school does: the chance for children to become fluent in a foreign language starting in kindergarten, for free.
The Missouri Senate has advanced a package of school choice legislation, including a tax credit scholarship program and a resurrected measure modifying a law that allows students in unaccredited schools to transfer to better-performing school districts.
A GOP priority in the state legislature this year is changes to Missouri’s education laws. The General Assembly has resumed after one week off for spring break. Legislators are expected to focus the second half of the session on the state budget and more changes to labor, tort and education laws.
As Missouri lawmakers debate legislation that could expand the existence of charter schools across the state, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released rankings on the strength of charter school laws.
State Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says his Senate colleagues have told him a proposed statewide expansion of charter schools will not be received there with much enthusiasm, and it may be dead on arrival.
Missouri lawmakers are pushing to expand charter schools around the state — a move that advocates say would lead to innovation in the classroom, but that critics say may do little to improve student achievement.