Missouri offers relief on impending school transfers

Friday, June 21, 2013

School districts throughout Missouri have new directives from the state that provide leeway in how to handle a potential influx of students transferring from unaccredited school systems this fall.

The guidelines alleviate concerns that more teachers and classroom space would be needed if hundreds, if not thousands, of students from two failing north St. Louis County districts show up at higher performing schools across the region.

Instead, the guidelines say, school districts can call the shots on building assignments if crowding becomes a problem at any of their schools. If more students want to transfer into a particular school than space is available, districts must give each of those students an equal chance at the available slots, the guidelines say, potentially opening the door to lotteries.

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