Five busloads of people from a financially troubled school district in St. Louis visited the State Capitol on Wednesday to meet with their legislators.
Students from Normandy Public Schools want lawmakers to save their school district.
House members passed a bill this week that would give Normandy $5 million to finish out the school year.
Without that state funding, Normandy would run out of money by April and its students would be sent to other districts.
Senate leaders approved $1.5 million for the district on Wednesday and said that amount should still provide a financial cushion.
Normandy School Superintendent Ty McNichols said, â??Weâ??re looking long term as well as short term. Iâ??m optimistic that the legislators will do something to ensure our kids finish this year.â??
State education officials said Normandy Public Schools would make it through this school year with the $1.5 million bailout recommended by the Senate.