JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers this week are expected to consider a measure to give students more options to attend virtual schools for free.
A Senate panel last week approved a bill that would allow students in failing districts and surrounding schools to attend online schools.
Republican Sen. Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis offered the amendment to the broader school transfer bill. He says virtual schools can help students with autism, health needs or other issues who might struggle in traditional classrooms.
Gov. Jay Nixon and some school associations say they support online schools, but cautioned that accountability is needed to make sure they provide a quality education.
Missouri School Boards' Association spokesman Brent Ghan also says paying tuition for virtual schools could strain public schools' finances.