For Immediate Release: Feb. 13, 2014

Senate Leader Calls on the State Board of Education to Let the Legislative Process Run Its course

“I call upon the State Board of Education to work in conjunction with the Legislature to address the student transfer issue so we can place Missouri schools and students on a path to success. This is a complex undertaking, but there are few endeavors as worthwhile as improving the lives of Missouri’s young people. Every child deserves a quality education regardless of where their parents happen to live, and I refuse to condemn another generation to a failing school district. I urge the State Board not to be distracted by policy suggestions that simply call failure by a different name and perpetuate the problems at hand.  

Many of my colleagues have introduced legislation addressing the education crisis in our state, and I am confident we can find a solution that will yield promising results. To that end, I plan to advance legislation filed this week by Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, that requires the State Board of Education to use one of the following designations when classifying school districts: unaccredited, provisionally accredited, accredited, and accredited with distinction. I ask the State Board of Education to keep in mind the Legislature’s prerogative to set public policy, as well as its own statutory limitations, before making a decision to change our accreditation system. I look forward to working with my colleagues, as well as the State Board of Education, to create a system that provides a quality education for all of Missouri’s children.”

Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles

Lauren Hieger, Senate Majority Caucus Communications Director
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