Jaco Report: Transferring Students To Better Performing Districts

Posted on: 11:39 am, July 14, 2013, by , updated on: 11:17am, July 14, 2013

(KTVI)-Twelve thousand students in St. Louis County attend school districts that have lost their state accreditation. And because of a Missouri law upheld by the state Supreme Court, all of those kids are now free to transfer to any other school district in St. Louis County or in St. Charles, Jefferson, Warren, or Franklin counties.

Students from the Normandy School District will have the option to transfer to St. Charles County’s Francis Howell District.  Students from the Riverview Gardens district will have the option to transfer to the Mehlville School District. There has been some complaints about the plan.

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Most of those suburban districts are white and relatively affluent. The vast majority of kids from Normandy and Riverview Gardens are low income and African-American, which leads some to wonder if the opposition to school transfers may be about racism as much as about academics.

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A critic of the transfers, State Representative Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood), who’s worked on this issue as a member of the interim house committee on education sat down with Charles Jaco.

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