KCMO School District sees signs of improvement as transfers taper off

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's some promising news for the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

Only 12 families, or rather 23 children, filed for transfers out of the school district as it tries to regain accreditation.  That number is nowhere near the more than 2,000 students who left two unaccredited high schools in the St. Louis area this year.

Superintendent Stephen Green spoke to FOX 4 about what the low number means to the district.

“We attribute that low number to our improvement. We think that we are moving in the right direction. I think it was mentioned in the paper that we’re improving and I think that causes families to want to stay rather than risk something unknown that they don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” said Green.

The low number could change the dynamics in Jefferson City, where lawmakers have been consumed with education reform.

The families leaving the KCMO school district have been leaving under the state's transfer law.

While the district struggles to regain accreditation, children can attend school at a neighboring district that's accredited. KCMO will pay their tuition.

Several of the neighboring districts tried, and failed, to get the state court system to throw the transfer law out as unconstitutional.

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