Kansas City schools seek temporary state approval

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The Kansas City School District is offering to end a lawsuit against Missouri if state education officials grant temporary provisional accreditation to the district.

The State Board of Education was meeting in a closed session Tuesday to discuss the offer.

Kansas City schools currently are unaccredited. The district filed a lawsuit last year challenging that decision.

The unaccredited status means the district must pay the costs of students choosing to transfer to other nearby schools.

Kansas City school officials say just 24 of their nearly 16,000 students applied to transfer during the school year that starts Aug. 11.

If Kansas City gains provisional accreditation after school starts, those transfer students could finish the year at their new schools but could have to return to Kansas City the following year.