Missouri Students Will Have Greater Access to Educational Options as Legislature Passes HB 1606

Missouri Students Will Have Greater Access to Educational Options as Legislature Passes HB 1606

Missouri students scored an educational win as House Bill 1606 received final passage in the legislature yesterday.  The bill contains provisions that will provide access to course options so every student has the opportunity to select the course work that best fits his or her unique needs.

These course access provisions— championed by Senators Bob Onder and Gary Romine and Representative Bryan Spencer— promote freedom of choice by allowing students in all Missouri communities to have access to courses including advanced and specialized offerings that may not be available in smaller districts.

They also provide opportunities for communities to customize their course offerings to ensure wider opportunities for students while maintaining autonomy and local control.

“Missouri legislators took a great step forward in ensuring access for all students regardless of where they live. Course access policies can help students truly have a level playing field when it comes to advanced course work while empowering communities to determine the best paths toward success.

“We appreciate the support of Senators Onder and Romine, Rep. Spencer, and so many others who work to ensure all students have high quality educational opportunities.”

Kim Preston, Midwest Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

This course access bill opens new opportunities for students to access courses which would not be available in their home school, ensures courses are high-quality and creates a menu of options accessible to all students to inform their enrollment decisions.

These changes will connect students with teachers and content, ensuring that all students have access to a broad set of courses.

For more on the power of course access, visit the ExcelinEd policy library.