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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis-area school leaders say the demise of an unaccredited school district would have devastating ramifications for both students and the district taking them on.

An education task force on Tuesday released a study of what would happen if the Normandy School District in St. Louis County failed.

Normandy and the neighboring Riverview Gardens district are unaccredited. State law forces them to pay for students who transfer to better-performing schools. Normandy Superintendent Ty McNichols says his district could run out of money by April.

School leaders say students are better off in schools near their homes. The study found that the district accepting Normandy students would be saddled with financial burden, and the influx would lower their average test scores, putting some in danger of losing accreditation.

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