After abuse claims, Parson OKs Missouri boarding school law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation for greater oversight of unlicensed residential care facilities for children. Parson signed the bill Wednesday.

The measure comes after allegations of long-running abuse at some Missouri boarding schools. In March, Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed more than

100 criminal charges against the owners of the former Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in Cedar County. They have pleaded not guilty while awaiting trial.

The legislation would require such facilities to notify the state of their existence and undergo background checks for their personnel.

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