Mo. Senate gives initial approval for state takeover of Kansas City Public Schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A measure that would allow the state to take over Kansas City Public Schools gained initial approval in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill No. 7 would speed up state intervention in failing school districts, and is aimed primarily at the Kansas City district, which lost accreditation in January 2012.

Sen. David Pearce told 41 Action News he expects senators to officially pass the bill on Thursday. The bill still needs approval from the House of Representatives before becoming law.

Part of Tuesday night's endorsement locks in amendments to the bill, one of which is the inclusion of an emergency clause.

If the bill passes in the House, the clause would allow the immediate takeover of the district following the signature of Gov. Jay Nixon, as opposed to a 90-day delay.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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