Lawmakers seek to complete Missouri school bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are trying to resolve differences on legislation to revise the law on student transfers from failing school districts.

House and Senate negotiators started meeting Monday to seek a compromise between versions approved by the two chambers. The same version must pass the House and Senate by Friday at 6 p.m.

Missouri's 1993 law requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition and transportation for students who transfer to better schools nearby. Students transferred this year out of the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts in suburban St. Louis.

Differences between the versions include the amount of tuition that unaccredited districts must pay. The payments have put a strain on the Normandy district, and lawmakers voted in April to make $2 million available to the district through June 30.

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