Judge Denies Injunction to Stop Student Transfers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A judge on Friday denied the temporary injunction to stop student transfers from the Kansas City School District to neighboring accredited schools.

Six suburban school districts had filed suit to stop students from transferring from Kansas City, Mo., schools to their districts until issues like costs and student eligibility are resolved.

This case will go to court again on Jan. 12, with the six districts seeking further clarification regarding the specifics of the transfer policy.

The expected transfers are a direct result of Kansas City schools losing accreditation, effective Jan. 1, 2012, after the district failed for years to meet state performance standards. According to Missouri state law, students are allowed to transfer from an unaccredited school district to a neighboring accredited district.

The districts expecting to see Kansas City student transfers include Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Raytown and Center. The schools said they are willing to accept students from Kansas City public schools, but will only do so after a variety of issues are resolved. Until then, the districts are seeking an injunction to halt any student transfers until the courts make a ruling.

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