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A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling upholding student transfer laws has put this year's transfer controversy back in the spotlight.
Wednesday night, Normandy School District is hosting a public hearing. Last month officials announced plans to stay open, but with layoffs, early retirements, and at least one school closure. The cuts are the result of the expensive transfer process.
Wednesday's hearing starts at 6:30pm at Normandy High School.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.
The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.
A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.
Kansas City's school district has been unaccredited since 2012, but student transfers have been on hold because of the legal challenge.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an assertion that the student transfer law amounted to an unfunded mandate that violated the state constitution.
A new wrinkle to the school transfer story today. The ACLU of Eastern Missouri sent a letter to the superintendents of Mehlville and Kirkwood schools asking them to reconsider their decision to place limits on the number of transfers they will accept from Riverview Gardens.
ACLU Executive Director Jeffrey Mittman argues that all students are guaranteed an education.
"There cannot be arbitrary government action that would limit that right", Mittman says,"so for example, you cannot say there is a date cutoff by which you need to make that selection, or a lottery that would limit the right of students to attend the accredited school that their families select."
Mittman says the ACLU is not issuing a mandate to the districts, but says the letter is intended to open a dialogue with school officials.