An interest group is angry over a bill that would require all public schools to verify the immigration status of incoming students.
The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the bill also would require law enforcement officers to check immigration status during all traffic stops when they have reasonable cause. And it would create a misdemeanor for not carrying proper citizenship documentation. It is sponsored by state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican.
While students in most states showed improvement on a national test, Missouri students lost ground.
The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress was announced Tuesday.
Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the report confirms what she calls an "urgent need to raise the bar academically and to focus on results."
On a scale of zero to 500, the average math score for Missouri eighth-graders was 282. That's down four points from 2009. And the average math score for fourth-graders was 240, down one point from 2009.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to work with regional school superintendents on who should pay their salaries.
Superintendents across Illinois are working for free after Quinn in early July eliminated the funds that pay them and their assistants. That's because there's a budget dispute over where the money to pay them should come from.
Quinn said Monday he thinks "we can work that out" but provided no details.