(KMOV) – A flyer being passed around in the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District is urging parents to send their children to neighboring districts that are accredited. However, those districts say they do not know if it’s legal because a court ruling is still pending.
The flyer urges parents to send their children to Hazelwood, Pattonville and Ferguson-Florissant school districts. It refers to last month’s Missouri Supreme Court ruling saying state law gives students in unaccredited districts the right to transfer to an accredited one, at the failing district’s expense.
But the court also remanded the issue back to the lower court, which could disagree. Hazelwood has a waiting list of more than 200 students, but is not enrolling them until that ruling.
Ferguson-Florissant has never taken transfer students, either through the desegregation program or through paid tuition, and it say that policy remains in place. It, too, is awaiting the court’s ruling.
As for the cash-strapped St. Louis Public Schools, a spokesman says it is also waiting for clarification, and has no plans to pay tuition for any student leaving the district unless it has to.