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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate panel has scaled back the amount of state money that could go to an unaccredited school district in the St. Louis area.

The Normandy School District had sought $5 million to make sure it can finish the academic year without becoming insolvent. The House approved that amount.

But the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday reduced the supplemental state aid to $1.5 million. Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer says that still should provide a financial cushion for the district.

Normandy's financial problems stem in part from a Missouri law requiring unaccredited districts to pay transportation and tuition for students to transfer to accredited schools nearby.

The state education department has projected Normandy could finish the year with about $63,000, which wouldn't leave much room for unexpected costs.

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