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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee says lawmakers will probably approve funds needed to keep a St. Louis County school district afloat.

Chairman Rick Stream Stream says students in the Normandy district should finish the year in their classrooms. He says lawmakers have not decided all the details for providing the money, including what entity would administer the funds.

The unaccredited district needs $5 million to make it through the current academic year. The district's superintendent says it is on track to run out of money in April.

Normandy had been financially stable but has been spending its reserves on tuition and transportation for students who transferred out. A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited districts to pay for students to transfer to a nearby accredited school.

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