Education Officials Urge Veto For Mo. School Bill

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2012-06-23 12:04:34

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Some local education officials want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would allow students facing long bus rides to enroll in a closer district. Under the legislation, students could enroll in a nearby district if they live at least 17 miles from the school they are supposed to attend and the other district is at least 7 miles closer. The measure is aimed at the St. Albans, St. Elizabeth and Gravois Mills areas.

The governor’s office has received about 100 letters, emails and online messages urging him to veto the bill.
Opponents question whether the bill is constitutional. They also suggest it could create an incentive for people to move to the fringes of low-tax districts. Supporters contend long bus rides are not good for children.
School transportation bill is HB1789

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