Governor To decide On Education Bill

Governor Mike Parson is expected to decide any day now whether to sign or veto a sweeping education bill. The package would expand access to private schooling with taxpayer money. It would also restrict four-day school weeks and increase the minimum teacher pay in state statute. Melissa Randol, executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, says an item that gives her heartburn would allow Boone County to open charter schools.

Sedalia Representative Brad Pollitt, a former school superintendent, says there are a number of items in the bill that balance traditional and school choice sides.