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Group of Missouri superintendents float plan to address transfers from unaccredited districts

A group of school superintendents who have been witnessing the damage of Missouri’s law involving transfers from unaccredited schools has come up with a proposal that would keep students close to home. The Kansas City Star reports that the superintendents want to persuade lawmakers to shelve that law that lets students transfer out of unaccredited districts into better-performing nearby systems. Because the Kansas City district is unaccredited, it is in danger of losing students to neighboring districts next year and having to pay the cost of their tuition and transportation. Two unaccredited districts in St. Louis County--Normandy and Riverview Gardens--have seen about 20 percent of their students transfer this year and are headed toward bankruptcy without help from the state.

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