Education commissioner disappointed with districts

As NewsChannel 5 previously reported, some metro school districts are rejecting students who transferred in last fall from the Normandy School District.

Missouri's commissioner of education says she's disappointed with the districts that sent children back, and she spoke exclusively with NewsChannel 5's Farrah Fazal Monday.

Dr. Chris Nicastro says sending the children back will probably disrupt their education. She says it would have been better if they had been able to continue at the districts. She also says the department cannot make those districts take the children at a lower tuition rate.

"We have the authority to set the tuition rate. We do not have the authority to force them to take that tuition rate," said Nicastro.

Reporter: "Whynot?"

"Hence the kids are coming back. I think the only provision that allows that forces receiving districts to take the tuition is if the district is unaccredited," said Nicastro.

Nicastro also talked to us about why Normandy failed, and why she says so many children don't have the same shot at the education. You'll hear what she had to say Wednesday at 6 p.m. on NewsChannel 5.


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