JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KSDK) - 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.
On Tuesday afternoon the Clayton School District released the following statement:
"The District was disappointed to learn of the Supreme Court's opinion in the case of Breitenfeld v. The School District of Clayton, et al. We still believe, as we have asserted throughout this case, that the issues at hand have broad implications for all school districts throughout St. Louis County and across the state of Missouri. These issues still need to be resolved in a way that provides manageable parameters that protect the interests of students residing in both accredited and unaccredited school districts. While we have had time to briefly review the Court's opinion, we will continue to meet with our attorneys over the next few days to evaluate our options and provide updates once we have determined our next steps."
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