By: Krystle Crossman
Minority students from Saint Louis who were enjoying a great education may now have to go back to their failing schools that they transferred out of due to a Missouri law that was met with a lot of controversy. The Missouri Supreme Court passed a ruling last summer that let students that were in schools with poor education to transfer to better schools in other districts in order to get a better educational experience. Unfortunately part of the stipulation was that their old schools had to pay the new schools for the children that transferred over.
The Normandy Schools in Saint Louis have been all but wiped out after having to cover the expenses of transferring their students. They were responsible for any transfer costs, tuitions, and transportation. Being that the Normandy Schools are in a low-income area they did not have enough to cover the amount of students that were transferred over. They have asked the state for supplemental funding so that they could continue to help get better educations for their students. For this past school year they paid $10.4 million in transfer costs.
There have been different attempts by legislature to ease the costs and pressures for these low-income schools but so far none have been successful. They are now proposing a rebranding of the district. The schools will still be the same as well as the area that they serve, but they will be covered under the transfer law as they will be an accredited school district.
The Francis-Howell district stated that the 400 students that had transferred to its schools stated that they were not welcome back next year. They feel that transferring students from schools that are unaccredited to ones that are is a detriment to the other students that are already in the schools. They also feel that the money that is being spent for transfer costs could be better spent fixing the schools that they already have instead of shipping students off to other schools.