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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The National School Boards Association is in Missouri on an educational tour to inform parents and communities how they can preserve and improve their child's school.

Nine out of 10 children attend public schools. Vouchers, tuition tax credits, and other for-profit interests are diverting funds away from public schools, according to the NSBA, a trend opposed by most local school boards, communities, and parents.

Thomas Gentzel, NSBA executive director, visits Fox 2 News to explain how the organization helps local school boards.

‘‘A local school board is typically just residents in the community- they are all walks of life, different backgrounds, not necessarily education experts- they are there to represent the community's interests in public education,” Gentzel said. ‘‘It is our job to advocate on their behalf and to try and connect them as local elected officials and local leaders with state and other leaders and to engage the public around public education- that's really our core mission work as an organization."

Visit StandUp4PublicSchools.org to learn about improving your local public school system