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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Missouri education officials say they won’t approve expenses for the Normandy School District to challenge a law requiring unaccredited districts to pay for students to other schools.

State officials assumed financial oversight of the unaccredited St. Louis County district in February.

The district filed suit Wednesday contending Missouri’s law on student transfers is unconstitutional and has unlawfully drained it of millions of dollars. Defendants include the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and 20 St. Louis-area school districts.

The education department said Thursday the district didn’t notify it of the cost of filing a lawsuit. Department officials also said they had not received the lawsuit and declined to comment on its merits.

Normandy says about 1,000 students transferred this year to accredited schools nearby.

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