If parents in St. Louis could send their children tuition-free to any public school in St. Louis County, suburban schools would have an additional 13,500 students in their classrooms, a study says.
Results of a telephone survey conducted in October and November by the University of Missouri-St. Louis estimate close to a quarter of the school-aged children in St. Louis would leave for county schools if a Missouri Supreme Court decision were to stand.
Of those children, 8,300 attend St. Louis Public Schools, which lost accreditation in 2007. Another 1,700 are in the city’s charter schools. About 2,800 of the children attend private or parochial schools.
Clayton school officials commissioned the study as part the Clayton district’s defense in a lawsuit that could potentially open the doors of better schools to any child living in unaccredited school districts.