Kansas City school transfer would mean a bums' rush to the suburbs
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City area school districts are right to challenge a state law that would allow students to transfer to suburban public schools because the Kansas City district lost its accreditation in January.
The Kansas City Star reported today from court proceedings Monday that more than 7,750 students could take advantage of the way out of Kansas City Public Schools. The district has about 17,000 students — about 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.
But the kids that a survey said might exit could include those who either long ago left the Kansas City district or were never enrolled. They are students in charter schools, private schools and kids who have been home schooled.
These are kids whose families have had the means to provide them with a better education all along. The transfer law would enable them to save the money and go to a better public school district.
Area districts are fighting the move, saying the costs of more than $3.9 million would far exceed the allowable tuition fees under the law. The districts contend that the state statue violates the Hancock Amendment of the Missouri Constitution, which prohibits the state from forcing unfunded mandates on public institutions. That includes school districts.
Schools in the St. Louis area already have fought and won a court judgment against the state transfer law. That case is being appealed.
Meanwhile, classes in the Kansas City district start on Monday, Aug. 13.