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Mo. bill allows quicker intervention in failing school districts

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Some Missouri lawmakers want to give state education officials authority to intervene sooner to assist failing school districts.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before state education officials can step in. A push to eliminate the grace period comes shortly after the Kansas City School District became the state's third unaccredited district.

A House education committee considered legislation Wednesday that would allow the State Board of Education to set a timeline for intervening in a school district that has lost accreditation. The measure also allows the State Board of Education to determine a governing structure for the school district.

Sponsoring House member Mike Lair, a Republican from Chillicothe, says it would give state education officials flexibility and allow them to address problems more quickly.