Press release: Governor Nixon Intends to Veto Student Transfer Bill

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014

Contact: Emily Yager, or 816-237-8572


Governor Nixon Intends to Veto Student Transfer Bill 

StudentsFirst Missouri Urges Legislative Override


Jefferson City, MO—This morning, Governor Nixon expressed his intent to veto Senate Bill 493.  Senate Bill 493 would allow students in unaccredited schools to attend a better school in their home district—giving them immediate access to a high-quality education closer to home. After Governor Nixon stated his intent, Kit Crancer, State Director for StudentsFirst Missouri issued the following statement:


“Unfortunately, Governor Nixon has decided to deny Missouri students trapped in failing schools the opportunity to receive a high quality education. In a bipartisan fashion, over the past year, legislators have been working tirelessly to address student transfers while the Governor has been disengaged, ignoring this critical issue.


“I commend the legislature for noting that a true ‘fix’ involves ensuring students have access to a high quality education, not bowing to political expediency by simply changing a law to safeguard adult interests. I urge the legislature to override the Governor’s impending veto so Missouri’s kids are not forced to attend failing schools for another year.”


Throughout this legislative session, StudentsFirst Missouri has supported Senate Bill 493. To read State Director Kit Crancer’s statement urging Governor Nixon to support the bill, click here.


About StudentsFirst Missouri:


StudentsFirst Missouri is a bipartisan movement of nearly 30,000 parents, teachers, small-business owners and concerned citizens mobilizing for one purpose: to ensure every child attends great schools with great teachers. Since 2012, StudentsFirst Missouri has been fighting to elevate and professionalize the teaching profession, empower parents with school choice and information, and improve the governance and financial strength of schools. For more information, go to



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