Gov. Nixon says school transfer process becoming disruptive

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- For the first time, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has weighed in on the pending transfer of potentially thousands of students from unaccredited school districts in St. Louis County.

Nixon agrees the entire school transfer process is becoming disruptive. And he says it's up to the Republican-led legislature to fix the mess.

Up to 12,000 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens Districts are allowed to transfer to any other public school district in St. Louis County or any surrounding county.

That's because of a state law passed in 1993 and upheld by the state supreme court in June. But the process so far has been chaotic. Nixon says the legislature should fix the process, but that there isn't enough consensuses to call a special session to deal with the issue. Meanwhile, as state academic standards are raised, he says he expects even more school districts will be unaccredited starting in 2015.

The legislature's Republican leaders have criticized Nixon for refusing to call a special legislative session to deal with the transfers. Nixon says lawmakers had several chances to fix this last session and failed each time. So the bottom line? No additional state action yet. And the transfer process continues.