Riverview Gardens backers speak out at public hearing

4 years 2 months 2 days ago Friday, May 06 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 12:06:23 PM CDT May 06, 2016 in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parents, students and graduates of a St. Louis-area school district are making the case for shedding an unaccredited designation, which allows students to transfer to better-performing schools.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials heard Thursday from backers of the Riverview Gardens School District.

The latest state performance reports show that the district was the most improved in the state. For the first time in at least a decade, the district performed well enough to qualify for full accreditation. But the Missouri Board of Education deferred the decision until this summer.

A state law allows families in unaccredited districts such as Riverview Gardens to transfer their children to accredited districts. If Riverview regains accreditation, families will lose the option to transfer.

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