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Susan Pendergrass

Currently, Section 161.670 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri (part of a course access law passed in 2018) requires that parents of students who wish to enroll in the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP) request and receive permission from their local school district first. In the first two years after passage of this law, dozens of parents have been denied this permission and some have had to hire attorneys to get it. Districts were reluctant to give up students or funding to virtual education.

 With every public school in the state shut down and every student expected to learn virtually (if at all), we need to make immediate changes.

 Click on the link below to learn more about MOCAP.



About the Author

Susan Pendergrass
Director of Research and Education Policy

Susan Pendergrass was Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools before joining the Show-Me Institute. Prior to coming to the National Alliance, Susan was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics during the Obama administration. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.