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School-Transfers Ruling Favors Clayton District

Students from unaccredited schools cannot transfer out for free. The decision was announced Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. What do you think? Tell us in the Patch poll.

A judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the School District of Clayton in a widely watched case that deals with the transfer of students from unaccredited schools to accredited ones, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

This ruling can affect many St. Louis area schools, including Parkway schools.

Quoting from the Post-Dispatch article:

"Under the ruling, students from unaccredited school districts would not have the right to transfer to better school districts for free."

The Post also states that "witnesses testified that more than 15,000 children in the city would transfer to county schools, financially wiping out the St. Louis district and flooding suburban schools."

Chief Communications Officer Chris Tennill of the  said the district is "thrilled" with the ruling.

"This is a statute that, in its current form, doesn't work the way it's intended to," said Tennill, describing how the ruling by Judge David Lee Vincent III aligns with the district's positions on student transfers.

He said it's unclear whether plaintiffs will appeal the case, so the district will take a wait-and-see approach for the immediate future. If it is appealed, he said, the district is prepared to continue facing the issue of transfers with the "same dedication and intensity" as it has for the last five years.

 spokesperson Paul Tandy sent the following response on the ruling in an email to Patch.

We are pleased with the court's decision. Missouri needs to continue looking for ways to help unaccredited schools improve, but clearly this was not the answer.

Elkin Kistner, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he has 40 days from Tuesday to file an appeal. He isn't sure when the filing will occur.

"That's the reason appeals exist," Kistner said.

As for the ruling, he said: "It's not good news."

Read more about the Turner v. Clayton decision and read reaction from an attorney for the plaintiffs in the complete Post-Dispatch report.

More about Turner v. Clayton on Patch:

Bonnie Krueger May 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
This is good news for the accredited schools like Clayton, Lindbergh, Parkway and Rockwood who are trying to manage the district with controlled voluntary transfer. I think it will disappoint parents who want this option, but St. Louis could not handle the potential influx of children wanting to opt-in.
parkwaydad May 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Transfer to Parkway? Rockwood, Lindbergh, Clayton, Ladue (as well as others close to Parkway) are on the upswing and surpassing Parkway in many ways. Despite great kids, great teachers and staff, and engaged parents, the Parkway Board (run by Director Feldman) has been running a once great district into mediocrity. Look at MAP scores. More and more parents are looking to get their kids out of Parkway because they hate seeing their money used for non-academic waste and lied to about it. We also are appalled by the Board's racially segregated PTO's( this Board's tribute to Jim Crow).

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