As a new session of the Missouri General Assembly opens, legislators are trying to find ways to provide better education for children stuck in failing school districts. Under current state law, students in unaccredited districts can transfer to other public schools, but no option is provided to transfer to a nonpublic or religious school. As a result students are being bused for over an hour to attend other public schools when seats are available in Catholic schools located in their neighborhoods. One has to wonder what our frontier ancestors would have thought of this stubborn refusal of public authorities to avail themselves of the educational opportunities offered by our many fine nonpublic schools.
Posted: January 10, 2014