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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – It's the first day of school for students in the Francis Howell School District, but the district is not accepting transfer students this year from the unaccredited Normandy Schools Collaborative.

Parents are suing some of the districts that are not taking transfer students this year. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning for the lawsuit filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court on behalf of five Normandy students. Their parents want the kids to continue to go to the schools they went to last year.

Last year, Francis Howell accepted about 350 students from Normandy, but this year Francis Howell ended its participation in the transfer program. The students from Normandy who attended Francis Howell schools last year will not be back this year.

The Normandy Schools Collaborative will have no accreditation status, and Francis Howell says it's no longer legally required to accept the students.

On Monday, Francis Howell had a transition day for students moving from elementary to middle and from middle to high school.

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