Today, the Missouri Senate General Laws Committee approved an educational opportunity bill that expands access to public charter schools beyond large cities.
Missouri Senate Bill 649, sponsored by Senator Bill Eigel, allows for the expansion of public charter schools in any city with more than 30,000 residents. Currently, charter schools are mostly limited to students residing in Kansas City and St. Louis.
“Missouri parents know what educational opportunities will best prepare their children for success in school and in life. Charter schools provide an essential educational option for families to better address their children’s unique learning needs. This vote is especially timely given the nationwide celebration of school choice this week. We would like to thank Senator Bill Eigel and the Senate General Laws Committee for their leadership and commitment to expanding educational opportunities for students.”
Zach Eckert, Regional 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 traditional school district, they operate under a performance contract with a school board or the state. Charter schools can have a specific focus—such as STEM education, the arts or language immersion—as well as a unique learning model—such as project-based learning, classical education or blended learning. Charter schools can help communities thrive by providing additional high-quality public-school options.
For more information on educational opportunity, watch ExcelinEd’s Opportunity Learning Hub videos.