CLAYTON, Missouri (KMOV) – A St. Louis County circuit court judge ruled Tuesday against plaintiffs in a case that would could have affected thousands of students in underperforming schools in the St. Louis area.
Judge David Lee ruled in the landmark Turner vs. Clayton case that Clayton School District does not have to accept students from unaccredited St. Louis public schools.
The initial case had previously been though the courts for about five years. After the St. Louis School District lost accreditation in 2007, parents filed suit against the Clayton School District as they wanted to send their children there and other nearby school districts.
The Missouri Supreme Court initially affirmed the student transfers were valid, but sent the case back to a lower court for more consideration.
Local real estate agent Gina Breitenfeld, the plaintiff in the case, sent her two children to schools in Clayon during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
Because she lived in St. Louis city, Breitenfeld owed Clayton more than $49,000 in tuition.
After St. Louis Public Schools lost their accreditation, Brietenfeld attempted to get the district to pay for her, but they refused.
That’s when Breitenfeld filed suit against both districts.