Senators Propose Legislation Clarifying Missouri School Transfer Law

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A group of Democratic and Republican state senators from the St. Louis area has proposed legislation that attempts to clarify Missouri’s school transfer law. Unlike previous years, when attempts to alter the school transfer law fell casualty to a bigger battle over school choice, they wanted to show regional and bipartisan cooperation this time — and a willingness to compromise.

After the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the transfer law in June, school officials from across the region expressed frustration that the Legislature had failed to alter the statute, leaving them with a law that gave no direction or discretion in how to handle a mass transfer situation. Now, more than a dozen bills have been prefiled in the House and Senate taking aim at the school transfer statute, which opens the doors to better schools to any children in an unaccredited school district.

The issue became even more amplified last week, when the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the transfer law a second time, which is expected to trigger a transfer situation next fall in the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

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