Missouri Supreme Court upholds school transfer law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -  The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to attend other nearby schools.

The decision Tuesday deals with a specific family who contends the St. Louis Public School District should have footed the bill for their two children to attend Clayton schools. But the ruling could have implications for residents in other unaccredited districts.

The Supreme Court overturned a trial judge's decision that Missouri's 1993 school transfer law imposed an illegal unfunded mandate on the local school districts and was impossible to implement.

The high court said the law merely shifts responsibility for educating children among school districts and does not impose new educational requirements.

St. Louis schools no longer are unaccredited, but Kansas City schools are.

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