Lewis W. Diuguid

Normandy district won’t pay up on student transfers

Updated: 2013-11-06T00:34:48Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

The Normandy School District in eastern Missouri seems to be taking the Kansas approach to ignoring anything legal about schools, students and funding.

The unaccredited St. Louis County district apparently isn’t following the state law and paying for students who transfer to accredited districts., The Associated Press reports. The Normandy school board last week rejected paying the most recent tuition and transportation costs for hundreds of children in the district who are going elsewhere.

So about $1.3 million won’t go to the 14 school districts where the Normandy students have transferred.

In Kansas, lawmakers have been ignoring a court ruling that the state should better fund public schools. Unfortunately the losers in each case are the school districts and the children.

In Missouri, the 20-year-old state transfer law has left the Normandy district in a financial crisis. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is trying to get the state legislature to provide more money to help Normandy remain solvent through the end of the year.

The legislature also needs to contend with fixing the transfer law.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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