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Senate Bill Would Change Education in Hope to Improve Graduation Rates

A Missouri State Senator from Kansas City hopes to change how Missouri schools are funded with the idea that it will improve student success.

Senator Lauren Arthur a Democrat that represents the 17th District pre-filed legislation that would bring competency-based education initiatives to Missouri schools.

The competency-based education method allows students to master skills and advance at their own pace. Under such a model, not all students would necessarily be required to reach the same level of skill mastery.

Arthur believes this alternative to traditional methods will increase high school graduation rates and improve student success.

Senate Bill 660 would establish the Show-Me Success Diploma Program as an alternative pathway to graduation, provide funding to districts through CBE grants.

Nine states are currently implementing competency-based education.

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