Talking School Transfers With The MO Commissioner of Education


(KTVI)- Around 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts are attending other schools this year. That’s because the Missouri Supreme Court ruled back in June that a 20 year old Missouri state law meant what it says: that students from districts that lose state accreditation are free to transfer to other public schools districts in St. Louis County or any surrounding county.

Meanwhile, over 9,000 students continue to go to school in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts. New reform superintendents in both places are trying to fix things. But since both districts have to pay for each student who leaves, both districts might soon be bankrupt. And then what?

Charles Jaco sits down with the Missouri Commissioner of Education, Dr. Chris Nicastro, and asks how we got here, how did two major school districts fail, and how did the state pass what some call a vague law on transfers and then not bother to explain how to run it?

More school transfer coverage on the Jaco Report:

School Transfers: What Shapes Public Education? Is MO Ignoring Issues?

School District Transfers: The Law Allowing Them, The Schools Affected

Jaco Report: Transferring Students To Better Performing Districts