Normandy schools drops lawsuit

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Normandy School District has dropped its lawsuit that challenges a controversial state law regarding students transferring from unaccredited districts.

The district filed the lawsuit last month challenging the validity of the law. In a press release sent out Friday morning, the district cites the Missouri State Board of Education's recent actions as meeting the goals of the lawsuit.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released new school transfer guidelines Thursday.

Normandy and Riverview Gardens are unaccredited districts in the St. Louis area. The law allowed students to transfer from an unaccredited district to an accredited district elsewhere, and the home district would have to pay for tuition and transportation costs.

In 2013, Normandy saw approximately 1,000 students transfer to area districts, which bankrupted the district.

Earlier this week, the State Board of Education approved a measure to bar students who attended Normandy this year from transferring to nearby districts in the future. In addition, student who did not attend Normandy in the previous year must return to the district.

The State Board also approved a change in the tuition rate, which transfer districts can refuse and send students back to their home district.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved last month to lapse the Normandy School District, effective June 30.

Starting in July, the Normandy Collaborative begins and will not have an accreditation status.

Approximately, 4,000 students attend school in the district.


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