Mixed ruling in dispute over costs of KCPS transfer students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City judge ruled Thursday that Kansas City Public Schools' policy of offering $3,700 per student who wishes to transfer out of the unaccredited district violates an amendment in state legislation in three out of the five districts involved in a legal dispute over the costs of student transfers.

In a 24-page ruling, Judge W. Brent Powell said the money per student the unaccredited district was offering was not enough to cover the costs of transfers at the North Kansas City, Lee's Summit and Independence school districts. That would result in a violation of the state's Hancock Amendment, which says state entities cannot be subject to unfunded mandates.

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But the money would be sufficient in Raytown and Blue Springs, the judge's ruling stated.

According to a source with intimate knowledge of the proceedings, it's likely the legal fight over the other two schools isn't finished.

Raytown and Blue Springs both have school board policies dictating they do not accept transfer students without full payment of inherent costs, the source says, and KCPS is offering only to pay on a month-to-month basis.

Research provided by the five districts' attorneys estimated 7,759 students will be transferring out of Kansas City Public Schools.

They argued the costs of taking in the new students would be much higher than the money KCPS was offering.

Attorneys representing the state argued the number of projected student transfers is flawed and extremely high, so the cost will not be as great as some estimates.

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