SB 327
Modifies provisions relating to course access in education
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/12/2017 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SBs 327, 238 & 360-Romine, with SCS
Journal Page:
SCS SBs 327, 238 & 360
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
July 1, 2018

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SBs 327, 238 & 360 - This act changes the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP) to "The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program" and allows any eligible student to enroll in Program courses of his or her choice to be paid by the school district or charter school, if the student has been enrolled full-time in a public school, including a public charter school, for at least one semester immediately prior to enrolling in the Program, and the course is approved by the school principal through a procedure described in the act.

A school district or charter school shall pay, for any single, year-long course for a student, the market necessary costs or 14% of the state adequacy target as calculated at the end of the most recent school year. A school district or charter school shall pay no more than 7% of the state adequacy target as calculated at the end of the most recent school year for any single, semester-long course. School districts and charter schools may negotiate with the course providers for a lower cost. Payment for a full-time virtual school student shall not exceed the state adequacy target, unless the student receives additional federal or state aid.

If a student who is a candidate for A+ tuition reimbursement enrolls in a course under the act, the school shall attribute no less than 95% attendance to any such student who has completed such course.

Individual learning plans shall be developed for all students enrolled in more than 2 full-time Program courses.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall establish an authorization process for course providers and authorize those providers that submit all necessary information and offer courses that align to state academic standards.

The Department shall publish the authorization process along with deadlines and guidance applicable to the submission process. If there are insufficient funds to evaluate and authorize course providers, the Department may charge applicant course providers a fee to ensure that evaluation occurs. The authorization process shall provide for continuous monitoring of course providers and courses. The Department shall revoke, suspend, or take other corrective action if a provider or individual course no longer meets the requirements of the Program. Authorization renewal shall take place at least once every two years.

The act requires the State Board of Education to provide an easily accessible link for course vendors on the Program website, allows anyone to submit course for approval, and requires vendors to accept monthly payments for students enrolled in their courses.

Courses already approved through MOVIP shall automatically be authorized to participate in the Program.

The act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

This act is similar to SCS/HCS/HB 138 (2017), HCS/SCS/SBs 300 & 306 (2017), HCS/SB 434 (2017), HCS/SB 478 (2017), HB 970 (2017), and HB 2123 (2016).