Audio-Nate Walker: Charter school bill advances despite local opposition

Republican State Representative Nate Walker from Kirksville thinks the proposed statewide expansion of charter schools will be an uphill battle.

Alisa Nelson reports from Jefferson City.



The Missouri House last week passed the charter school measure by one more vote than the necessary minimum. Supporters of the legislation say charter schools, which are publicly funded and operate independently, allow students in failing public schools to go to a school that is providing a better education.

State Representative Nate Walker believes rural schools in northern Missouri are doing fine noting more charter schools fail than public schools:



Walker’s house district involves Mercer, Sullivan, Putnam, and part of Adair county.

Walker along with 7th district Republican Representative Rusty Black of Chillicothe voted against the charter school bill when it came up in the House.

Black represents Livingston, Grundy, and most of Linn county.