Missouri Lawmakers Consider Expanding Virtual Schools

Feb 16, 2015

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  More online classes could be in the future of some Missouri students as state lawmakers consider expanding access to virtual schools.

A senate panel approved a bill that would allow students from failing districts and nearby schools to take online courses at another school.

Republican Senator Bob Onder introduced the measure, arguing it would give more opportunities to students with special needs who would struggle in traditional classrooms.

The measure was attached to the broader school transfer bill to allow students at unaccredited schools to transfer to accredited schools in their districts.

Governor Nixon says he supports online schools but has warned they need to be accountable to ensure students receive a quality education.