CLAYTON, Missouri -- Witnesses have finished presenting testimony in a St. Louis trial over a Missouri law allowing students from unaccredited school districts to transfer to accredited districts.
Circuit Judge David Lee Vincent III heard arguments from Monday through Wednesday in a case filed after the St. Louis School District lost its accreditation in 2007.
A group of St. Louis families who paid to send their children to the suburban Clayton School District requested that their tuition bills go to the unaccredited district. Clayton refused, prompting the lawsuit.
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.
Both sides have until month’s end to file documents with the court.