Five area school districts challenging Missouri’s transfer law project that more than 7,750 students would transfer to their schools from Kansas City Public Schools’ neighborhoods if the law were upheld.
The capital costs needed to provide temporary classrooms and equipment could total more than $3.9 million, the districts’ attorney argued in a Jackson County courtroom Monday — costs he said are not covered in allowable tuition fees under the law.
The districts claim that the state statute violates the Hancock Amendment of the Missouri Constitution, which bars the state from imposing an unfunded mandate on public institutions, including school districts.
The hearing began Monday with opening statements in a case that follows a similar one in St. Louis County, where a court has already ruled that the statute is unconstitutional and impossible for the St. Louis area districts to fulfill. That ruling is under appeal.
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