Students Return from Break to Changed KCMO School District

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Winter break is finally over for students in the Kansas City Missouri School District, but students are returning to a very different district than the one they left back in December.

The district, which lost its state accreditation on January 1, says that it will continue to implement its strategic plans and that the loss of accreditation won’t derail them from focusing on the education of children.

District officials say that the loss of accreditation means increased state scrutiny, but students and parents shouldn’t see any changes in day-to-day school activities.

But the loss of accreditation now means that students in the district are eligible to transfer to any surrounding Missouri district at the KCMOSD’s expense, and that move has prompted a lawsuit from six surrounding school district asking that any transfers be stopped until the KCMOSD changes its transfer policy – which the plaintiffs say violate state law.

On Monday, those districts took a step toward resolution of the lawsuit by asking that a court hearing scheduled for Thursday be delayed to give the KCMOSD more time to change their policy.

In addition, the Center School District has dropped out of the lawsuit, saying that the issues they were concerned about have been resolved.

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