UPDATE 8/10/2012: The three-day trial has concluded, and Judge W. Brent Powell is expected to announce his decision sometime in the next week or two. That information comes from Janice Phelan, spokesperson for the Lee’s Summit School District, one of the districts involved in the case.
(AP) – The trial has begun in a lawsuit filed by six suburban school districts over student transfers from the unaccredited Kansas City school district.
Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Raytown districts filed suit late last year over how student transfers from Kansas City will be paid for and how transportation issues will be handled.
The trial began Monday in Jackson County court.
Kansas City agreed to make monthly payments totaling $3,700 per student. The five districts are all seeking more than that per student.
The suburban districts have asked a judge to either block the transfers until the policy is clarified, or require Kansas City to pay transportation and tuition costs of all students who want to transfer.