The House of Representatives Committee on Primary and Secondary Education on Tuesday passed a series of bills that change the practice of curricula, transport and could potentially reconsider the practice of accreditation in public schools.
The committee discussed a joint resolution of House 110, authored by Philo Christophanelli, R-St. Peters, one of many “parental rights bills”. Unlike others, the Christophanelli bill will be a constitutional amendment that must be approved by voters.
Christophanelli outlined some changes to the bill, including creating a grading system for schools. Under this system, each school would receive an AF score based on test results across the state, dropout rate, grade point average, and attendance.
Paul Brown’s spokeswoman, D-Hazelwood, asked if this would change the accreditation system.
Christophanelli said it would.
“I’m all about changing the accreditation system. I haven’t kept quiet about it. I don’t like the way it’s being handled now. I don’t think it’s appropriate. But assigning letter marks, I mean changing the whole system into a two-page bill?” I can’t even say how funny it seems to me, and I apologize, “Brown said.
Christophanelli said the bill is still in the early stages of the legislative process, and there will be many steps to consider later.
MP Mike Hafner, R-Pleasant Hill, said the bill had already been considered during the previous legislative session.
MP Maggie Nurembern, Kansas City, questioned whether the bill plays “external interests.”
“If by external interests you mean parents and children who want a better school, I would say so,” said Christophanelli.
Nurembern said the letter grading system would encourage “ticking” rather than actually improving education. She also said she was reminded of the debate in the House of Representatives on the petition process, in which representatives said it was important to complicate the process to prevent Missouri residents from being persuaded by outside interests.
Christophanelli also amended the bill, clarifying that for any building that receives D or F marks under this reporting system, the General Assembly will create in this district “adequate opportunities for alternative education”, which encourages quite a lot back and forth. terminology.
Nurenburn asked Christophanelli to explain what he meant by “alternative education”.
“What does the adequate and fair education required by the constitution mean? It is legislation that is enshrined in the constitution and will eventually be considered in the courts,” Cristofanelli said.
– No, sir, it was not my question, what does it mean? Nurembern asked.
“What does proper process mean?” Christophanelli asked.
“Sir, my question is: your amendment says that the parents of a child in any such district have the right to choose such an option of alternative education.
“Representative, we are constantly discussing alternative education opportunities,” Cristofanelli said.
Nurembern asked if the family could take their money and go to a private school.
Christophanelli said that if the General Assembly made such a decision, then perhaps so.
“Every option on the table is what I see now, gentleman, with your language,” Nurembern said later.
“I believe that every option should be on the table to provide quality education to parents and children of Missouri, thank you, representative,” said Christophanelli.
Rep. Jan Mackie, D-St. Louis, embraced the bill.
“My God, I just think this process is so indicative of this fright with the CRT. What are you afraid of? You don’t even know, ”Mackie said.
The committee acknowledged that the HJR 110 would take place.
The commission also adopted:
• HB 2306, which postpones school board elections to the general election in November and will extend the term to four years.
• HB 1814, which allows students to attend a school district other than their residential area as long as their parents own residential or agricultural property and pay school tax for three years in that area.
• HB 2428, which prevents schools or school staff from convincingly discussing public policy issues in the classroom.
• HB 1973, which would allow the use of school vehicles other than buses.
• HB 2095, which requires the Department of Children’s Department of Social Services to investigate reports of child abuse in schools, not in the schools under investigation.
• HB 2010, in which the burden of proof will be placed on school districts in the trial of children with disabilities, not on parents.
• HB 1903, which would allow students to move to a virtual education program without the approval of their school district.
• A combination of HB 1995 and HB 1474, which creates the Parents’ Rights Bill, which includes the right to information about why students are learning and the right to attend their child during school hours.
Bills passed outside the House of Representatives committee can be heard on the floor of the House of Representatives.