New school rules await Governor Nixon's signature

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation allowing for families to be charged a fee for taking part in the Parents as Teachers program.

The popular early childhood development program is currently free. The fees would help sustain Parents as Teachers, which is scheduled to see its funding cut sharply in the next budget.

The legislation sent Friday to the governor would also give school districts more flexibility in coping with shortfalls.

For three years, districts would not be punished for missing state standards for teacher salaries and professional development if state funding falls.

They also would be excused from state rules for hiring additional administrators.

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