Missouri’s education agency says parents wanting to transfer their children from failing school districts should provide notice by Aug. 1.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidance Wednesday on how to handle student transfers. That comes a week after the state Supreme Court upheld a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.
The state wants districts to adopt class-size policies by Aug. 1. It’s also urging parents to notify districts of their intent to transfer their students by that date. If schools can’t accommodate all the new students, schools could use a lottery draw to determine which students to accept.
Missouri currently has three unaccredited districts: Kansas City, and Normandy and Riverview Gardens in the St. Louis area.
Transfers under the law involving Kansas City Public Schools remain unlikely for the coming school year, said an attorney representing several area districts.
A lawsuit challenging the state law by those districts is still pending before the state Supreme Court and the districts are waiting until it is resolved before allowing transfers, the attorney, Duane Martin, said.
The districts, as they have in the past, are taking names on waiting lists. But Martin said the districts do not expect any action will come soon enough to conduct transfers this year.
“With the remaining legal issues to be resolved, it will be at least next year,” he said.