An initiative petition drive to make it easier for school districts to borrow money could face Missouri voters next November. The proposal would drop the super majorities needed to approve school bond issues to build and renovate school buildings. Missouri PTA President Sherry Davis of Springfield says the 2/3 and 4/7 margins required for school bonds is too restrictive. A survey by the MSBA suggests nearly 65% of the state’s school buildings are at least 30 years old, and 12% are at least 70 years old. If voters approve the initiative petition, bonds could be approved by a simple majority. The proposal could be on next year’s November ballot.
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