The fate of 60,000 St. Louis students came before the Missouri Supreme Court again
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The fate of 60,000 St. Louis students came before the Missouri Supreme Court again

Date: February 15, 2012
By: Stephanie Ebbs
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SC92125

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A district presented its appeal to the Turner v. Clayton Supreme Court decision on Wednesday. Stephanie Ebbs has more in Jefferson City.
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Wrap: The decision ruled that schools must accept students wishing to transfer out of unaccredited districts.

The Webster Groves school district's attorney, Douglas Copeland, presented their appeal to the Supreme Court. He argued the court allowed a student to enroll without proving she had the right to transfer.

The student in question currently attends a private school in St. Louis. Copeland argued that her parents' motivation for transferring was not a better education - but a cheaper one.

Chief Justice Richard Teitleman questioned whether parents would send their children to public schools instead of private if the St. Louis district was accredited.

From Jefferson City, I'm Stephanie Ebbs.

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One school district is arguing the Turner v. Clayton decision is impossible to enforce. Stephanie Ebbs has more in Jefferson City.
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Wrap: The Webster Groves school district argued that the Missouri Supreme Court should reverse their decision on the case of school transfers from unaccredited districts.

The district's attorney, Douglas Copeland, said the decision will open the flood gates for 60,000 students from St. Louis public schools, more than the county schools can handle.

Copeland also argued that the decision violates the Hancock Amendment, saying that tuition doesn't cover all the costs of additional students.

The statute requires the unaccredited district to foot the bill for transfer students, but Copeland said those payments don't come through.

The Turner v. Clayton case goes to trial next month.

From Jefferson City, I'm Stephanie Ebbs.


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