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ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KSDK) - The Francis Howell School District will send back Normandy students who transferred this past year.

The district will no longer accept students who do not reside in the district, according to a district news release. The decision comes as a result of Normandy being dissolved and a new district – the Normandy School Collaborative – being formed ahead of the 2014-2015 school year.

The Francis Howell School District had a policy in place since 2005 which allows them to refuse students from outside the district unless directed by law.

Previously, the state passed a law that students of an unaccredited school district could transfer to an area accredited district. In addition, the unaccredited district must pay for tuition and transportation costs.

The Normandy School Collaborative, which begins July 1, will have no accreditation status.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the following statement pertaining to Francis Howell's policy change:

The Department will do everything we can to ensure access to quality education for the children and families involved.
Unfortunately, the transfer program is not sustainable in its current form. The State Board of Education is working to balance the need for choice with the educational needs of the students served in the Normandy Schools Collaborative.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information on this story.

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