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Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfers legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill aimed at revamping the state's student transfer system.

Nixon on Friday criticized expanded options for virtual schools and said the bill didn't address key issues with current law.

Failing schools now must pay tuition if students decide to transfer elsewhere. Districts say that's caused financial hardship as they work to regain accreditation.

Nixon also cited the lack of a tuition cap in his veto. He said without that, schools that are struggling the most would continue to lose resources.

Senate Majority Leader Republican Ron Richard says he's looking to craft another plan to address the current transfer law. He says lawmakers might try to override the veto, although the bill fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for that in the House.

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