Key Committee Approves Expanding Access to Public Charter Schools in Missouri

Key Committee Approves Expanding Access to Public Charter Schools in Missouri

Today, the Missouri House Rules Committee approved legislation that expands access to public charter schools. House Bill 581, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Roeber, allows charter schools to open in any city with more than 30,000 residents. Currently, charter schools are mostly limited to students residing in the Kansas City and St. Louis districts.

“All students, regardless of their ZIP code, deserve the opportunity to pursue an education the prepares them for a successful and fulfilling life. It’s time more families across Missouri have access to public charter schools as another option to meet their unique learning needs. We thank Representative Rebecca Roeber, members of the House Rules – Administrative Oversight Committee, Chairwoman Holly Rehder, and House leadership for their support in expanding educational opportunities for Missouri students.”

Adam Peshek, National Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that have greater freedom to meet the unique needs of their students. Instead of being run directly by a school district, they operate under a performance contract with a school district or the state. Charter schools are able to have a specific focus—such as STEM education, the arts or language immersion—as well as a unique teaching style—such as project-based learning, classical education or blended learning. Charter schools create a path for communities to solve local problems and provide families with high-quality public school options.

The bill now heads to the House Floor for consideration.

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