JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would have allowed the state to immediately take over the failing Kansas City Public Schools died in the Missouri House on Friday without coming up for a vote.
House Education Committee Chairman Scott Dieckhaus would not allow the legislation to proceed unless the Senate passed a controversial bill barring seniority from playing a role in teacher layoffs.
The Senate couldn’t do so, and both bills died when the Missouri General Assembly was constitutionally mandated to adjourn at 6 p.m.
“You just saw 17,000 kids used as pawns for legislation that has nothing to do with moving our district forward,” said a visibly distraught Sen. Kiki Curls, a Kansas City Democrat.
“This bill died because of the selfishness of a few people, and it’s just disgusting to me.”
Dieckhaus, a Republican from the eastern Missouri town of Washington, said he fully supported the…
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