CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A court case is under way in St. Louis County over a Missouri law allowing students from unaccredited school districts to transfer to accredited districts, with their home districts covering the costs.
Attorneys for the accredited Clayton district and parents from the unaccredited St. Louis district made opening statements Monday. The Clayton district argues it cannot accommodate an influx of St. Louis students, and that the costs could ruin the St. Louis district.
In 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court found that students are owed free transfers and neighboring schools must take them. But the case was returned to the trial court.
Testifying for the Clayton district Monday was the author of a study that found nearly one-third of St. Louis district students would transfer if they were allowed to take advantage of the contested law.