Greitens' push for education savings accounts sparks worry in pu -

Greitens' push for education savings accounts sparks worry in public schools

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' call for Education Savings Accounts during his State of the State Address this week has some in Missouri worried the plan will take money away from public education.

"This is just another way to divert money away from public schools," said Mary Armstrong, President of the St. Louis Teachers Union Local 420.

Greitens is hoping to start the program for special education students, and points to the success of the program in Arizona.

"We do best when we put power in the hands of parents and teachers at the local level," Greitens said Tuesday night in Jefferson City.

ESA's are becoming popular among conservatives by allowing parents to use government funds equal to per pupil spending and use that money for other education needs outside of public school.

The Missouri School Board Association has taken a stance against the accounts.

"We consider the ESA to be a voucher," said MSBA President Larry Felton.

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