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2015 Key Education Legislation

2015 Key Legislation

Bills below, which become law, are effective August 28, 2015, unless otherwise noted.
Please note that the links below are to the Missouri General Assembly's website.

HB 41 (Wood) - Removes portions of the school funding formula, pertaining to previous school years that are no longer relevant due to the passage of time.

Signed by the Governor July 14, 2015

HB 42 (Wood) - Modifies provisions relating to school accreditation, student transfers, charter schools, virtual instruction, student promotion, dyslexia, school governance, and school buildings. 

Vetoed by the Governor June 26, 2015

HB 63 (Dugger) – Prohibits any person previously employed as a school district’s superintendent from being a candidate for a member or director of the school board in that district. Requires elections for any school district that becomes an urban school district because of the 2000 federal census be held annually at the same times and places as general municipal elections for all years where one or more terms expire.

Veto overridden by the Legislature April 8, 2015

HB 501 (Montecillo) - Requires course materials relating to sexual education to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging.

Signed by the Governor July 14, 2015 

HB 629 (Leara) - Modifies the composition of the board of trustees of the Public School Retirement System of the City of St. Louis and Kansas City.

Vetoed by the Governor July 7, 2015

SB 104 (Kraus) – Modifies the election laws for school board members for the Springfield School District and the St. Joseph School District to allow for 3-year terms. Removes the petition requirement for school board candidates for the St. Joseph School District. Repeals the provisions in HB 63 that prohibited former superintendents from running for the school board in which she or he served. 

Signed by the Governor July 14, 2015

SB 107 (Sater) - Exempts individuals who hold a Speech-Language Pathologist certificate issued by DESE prior to January 1, 2016 from the Board of Healing Arts’ licensing requirements.

Signed by the Governor July 14, 2015

SB 116 (Kraus) - Creates an exemption from the proof of residency and domicile for purposes of school registration when the family of a student living in Missouri co-locates to live with other family members or in a military family support community because one or both of the student's parents is stationed out of state under certain military orders.

Signed by the Governor June 25, 2015

SB 341  (Riddle) -  Requires each public school and charter school to post clearly visible signs in English and Spanish that contain the toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline number established by the children’s division under section 210.145. Requires all day care centers, preschools, and nursery schools to notify parents or guardians, upon request, of whether there are current enrollees for whom an immunization exemption has been filed. 

​Signed by the Governor July 8, 2015