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Missouri Schools might get more money

March 14, 2001
By: Jenny Hoff
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB 497

Schools would get more money to teach English to Spanish speaking students under a proposed Senate bill. Jenny Hoff has more from the State Capitol.

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A proposed bill that will help immigrant students is supported by none other than Senator Morris Westfall of Halfway, a more conservative Missouri senator.

Westfall says since the increased demand for labor has brought in more immigrant workers, it is the state's obligation to help fund English proficiency in schools.

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Contents: Westfall says the bill would help fund all school districts with non-english speaking students with English proficiency programs.

Westfall says the bill would give between zero and $700 to each student requiring English training. From Jefferson City, this is Jenny Hoff..KMOX.

Several representatives of Missouri school boards support a bill that would give money to schools to teach Spanish speaking students. Jenny Hoff has more from the State Capitol.

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School board lobbyists spoke out to the Senate education committee about the needs of the increasing number of Spanish-speaking students in Missouri schools.

Doug Abersoll, superintendent for California, Missouri's School District says schools need more money in order to help teach English to children of immigrant workers.

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Contents: Abersoll says through added staff they are able to help bring foreign students to the level of education they deserve.

The bill is supported by none other than Senator Morris Westfall of Halfway, one of Missouri's more conservative senators. Other lobbyists for the bill are the Missouri School Board Association and Schools of Greater St. Louis. From Jefferson City, this is Jenny Hoff...KMOX.


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