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Judge Sets June Trial Date for Arguments Regarding Student Transfers From KCMO School District

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Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Brent Powell has set a June 25 trial date to hear arguments about student transfers from the unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD).

Last December, five neighboring districts filed a lawsuit asking the court to rule on differences among transfer policies. According to state law, KCMSD — now that it is unaccredited — must pay tuition for any students wishing to transfer. And the KCMSD school board says they will pay that tuition in monthly installments. However, the other districts’ policies demand tuition payment in full and in advance.

Until receiving clarification from the court, neighboring districts are accepting applications but not admitting students from Kansas City, Missouri.

Before the June trial date in Jackson County, some additional clarification of issues surrounding unaccredited districts in the state may come from the Missouri General Assembly and a St. Louis-area court.

Bills pertaining to unaccredited districts are pending in the General Assembly, which is in session through May.

Also, next month may bring a ruling in a lawsuit prompted by difficulties with student transfers from the unaccredited St. Louis School District. That suit, Turner v. Clayton, might apply to the situation in Kansas City, as well.

Five Kansas City metropolitan-area districts filed the lawsuit against KCMSD. Those districts are Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Raytown. Center School District later joined the suit.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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