(KTVI) -In less than three weeks, most public schools in the St. Louis area start their school years. But this year is different. This year, hundreds and perhaps thousands of students from the unaccredited St. Louis County Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts may transfer to other school districts in St. Louis County or surrounding counties.
Missouri lawmakers passed a law in 1993, saying students from an unaccredited district were free to transfer out. But no one thought it would ever be used. But now that it is, school districts receiving kids face disruption. Normandy and Riverview Gardens face bankruptcy. And the 12,000 students in the two unaccredited districts face uncertainty. Yet the law remains vague and all the districts involved are more-or-less making this up as they go along.
So why hasn't the Missouri legislature fixed this despite numerous chances? On the Jaco Report, Charles Jaco talks with Missouri state senator Scott Rupp (R-St. Charles County) who serves on the state senate education committee and the legislature’s joint committee on education. He represents the 2nd Senate district in the northwest corner of St. Charles County.
Plus, the Mehlville school district will be receiving a large number of those transfer kids. Charles also sits down with Mehlville Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost about how they'll handle the influx of students.
School Transfers: Who’s Affected, Who’s Forgotton