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Missouri Legislature passes bill for adult high schools

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill to create adult high schools for people older than 21 who haven't earned a high school diploma. (File)

The Missouri Legislature passed a bill on Thursday to create adult high schools for people older than 21 who haven't earned a high school diploma.

The bill would allow the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to authorize a nonprofit that would start four adult high schools.

The schools would offer industry certification programs as well as high school diplomas. They would also offer on-site childcare.

Four classes of counties would be eligible for the schools, and the counties could bid if they meet certain criteria including a $2 million investment.

The proposal now goes to Gov. Greitens.

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