Mo. releases guidance for student transfers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s education agency says parents wanting to transfer their children from failing school districts should provide notice by Aug. 1.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidance Wednesday on how to handle student transfers. That comes a week after the state Supreme Court upheld a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.

The state wants districts to adopt class-size policies by Aug. 1. It’s also urging parents to notify districts of their intent to transfer their students by that date. If schools can’t accommodate all the new students, schools could use a lottery draw to determine which students to accept.

Missouri currently has three unaccredited districts – Kansas City, Normandy and Riverview Gardens.

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