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Desegregation Bill Fails to Pass Out of State Senate Committee

February 12, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Party lines were strong as the State Senate desegregation bill fails to pass out of the Senate Education Committee. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol. Republican Senators kept the bill from going to the Senate floor. The bill would provide a base level financial committment in an effort to end federal court control. The bill would also reduce total funding given to the St. Louis school districts.

Sponsor of the bill, St. Charles Senator Ted House:

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OutCue: "...part of that of course."
Contents: House says the bill is about accountability, efficiency, reform and financial components.

Senators on both sides do agree that the issue is not resolved and will likely be one of the most important of the session.

The bill that would end federal court control of Missouri school districts but cost St. Louis 36 million dollars in funding failed to pass out of the State Senate Education Committee. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol. The vote was loyal to party lines as democrats said yes and republicans said no.

Committee Chairman and bill sponsor Ted House, a democrat, says he is concerned about spreading money evenly around the state.

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OutCue: "...that's what we have to do."
Contents: House says the key focus should be to take the desegregation money and spread it among all the 525 school districts across the state.

House says he is concerned about the cost...both for fiscal and political reasons.

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