KCPS to file lawsuit against state board of education and DESE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Public School Board announced Thursday they would file a lawsuit against the state board of education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board Chair Eric West took no questions, just gave a statement that started with a sigh at Thursday's news conference.

"The Kansas City public schools exist to ensure that each of our scholars are provided everything they need to be high achieving critical thinkers," West said.

The board went into closed executive session just after three that afternoon that lasted over two hours.

West told us before the closed meeting that they were trying to figure out their legal options after the Missouri State Supreme Court made the announcement to uphold the student transfer law for the unaccredited district.

That means parents can start pulling their students from the district early next year and send them to schools in surrounding districts.

That move could cost the district millions of dollars.

In a statement, West said the decision to pursue litigation was based on three years of growth and to protect the students and the district.

"But if we do not protect that stability and then the well-being of our scholars is threatened to plunge into chaos," he said.

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