Missouri High Court Mulls Student Transfers from Kansas City

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 02 2013 Oct 2, 2013 Wednesday, October 02, 2013 3:26:00 AM CDT October 02, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.

The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.

Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.

A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of the Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City plaintiffs but rejected the argument for Blue Springs and Raytown. The state and some plaintiffs appealed.

Transfers from Kansas City schools have been on hold, but student transfers have caused acrimony in the St. Louis area.

 

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