JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate has restored to the "Safe Schools" bill the governor's proposal to create a special crime of assaulting a teacher.
The criminal penalty was one of 37 amendments the Senate stuck onto the House-passed bill that is designed to keep disruptive students from bothering others in their classrooms, despite a plethora of amendments.
The measure now goes back to the House for review of the Senate changes.
The bill's sponsor expressed confidence the differences could be worked out before the May 17 adjournment - despite the long list of Senate amendments.
"I think the Senate changes have been improvements that don't change the content of the bill," said Steve McLuckie, D-Kansas City.
Among several provisions of the safe schools bill are measures mandating communication between the school and juvenile authorities, records following the student who transfers, state-wide expulsions and state funding for alternative schools. Alternative schools are for students who do not function well in a traditional classroom.