Missouri House panel approves bill on student transfers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A measure that would allow Missouri students in struggling schools to transfer to better-performing buildings in their districts has approval from a House panel.

A House education committee on Thursday voted 8-2 in favor of the proposal, aimed at addressing flaws in the state’s student transfer law.

The bill now heads to the full House.

The current transfer law allows students in failing districts to switch schools at the expense of their home district. That’s meant financial hardships for some schools.

The House bill aims to keep money within a district by accrediting individual buildings, which might perform better than the district as a whole.

Legislative leaders have said tackling issues with the transfer la