After almost two decades of advocacy by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), Governor Nixon has signed legislation ending discrimination in the A+ scholarship program. Since the program’s start in 1993, only public high schools have been able to become A+ schools, but once SB 638 takes effect onAugust 28th, Catholic and other nonpublic high schools will have the opportunity to become A+ schools.
The A+ designation allows students to earn A+ scholarships so that upon graduation they can afford to attend a community college or other post-secondary technical or vocational institution. The A+ provisions were added to a civics education bill, SB 638, sponsored by Senator Jeanie Riddle (R-Fulton) when the Missouri House considered the measure. State Representative Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) offered the amendment.