Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

Friday, August 9, 2013

Beth Gratta has heard the whispers, read the venomous online comments and watched with dismay as some of her friends and neighbors publicly condemned a plan to bus 475 students from a distressed urban school district nearly 30 miles away to her children's better-performing suburban schools.

Yet Gratta, who teaches in another area district that saw similar demographic shifts a generation ago, said she is hopeful that her daughters, ages 7 and 13, and other students will be more accommodating than the parents, politicians and community leaders who worry the newcomers will bring increased delinquency, larger class sizes, and lower test scores.

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