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House passes Senate bill concerning virtual schools

May 9, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

The House passed a bill concerning virtual schools. Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Contents: "Has everyone voted? Mr. Clerk, close the board and tally the vote. By your vote of 136 yes to 20 no, you have truly agreed to and finally passed Senate Subsitute for Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 912."

The House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the State Board of Education to establish a virtual school program by July 1, 2007. The program would allow students to take classes online that aren't offered at their school. Mount Vernon Senator Jack Goodman sponsored the bill, and is extremely happy the bill was passed.

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Contents: "I'm thrilled. I think it's gonna present great opportunities for young people in Missouri that have needs outside of the ordinary set of circumstances that our public schools are able to address with the greatest potential for success."

It's now up to the governor to decide whether to pass the bill. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.

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The House and Senate had a race to see who could pass a bill first. Josh Kranzberg has the winner at the state Capitol.

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The House passed a Senate bill implementing virtual schools in Missouri by July 1, 2007. The plan allows students to take classes not available at their school online. The Senate is still debating the House's version, adding amendments before voting on it. Mount Vernon Senator Jack Goodman sponsored the bill passed by the Senate, and he says this bill is going to help a broad range of students.

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Contents: "I think that this program will probably end up meeting the needs of one to three percent of Missouri students because it is tailored to kids that have special needs, whether it's physical needs, special education needs, gifted education needs. It serves a diversity of purposes but still I'm thrilled that it's going to the governor's desk.."

The House passed the Senate bill by a vote of 136 to 20. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.