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More than 3,000 fearful parents aired their concerns Thursday night over the decision to allow students from unaccredited Normandy schools to transfer to the Francis Howell School District (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

More than 3,000 fearful parents aired their concerns Thursday night over the decision to allow students from unaccredited Normandy schools to transfer to the Francis Howell School District (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – The ominous warning from State Representative Mark Parkinson to Francis Howell school board members.

If they really want the power to veto student transfers from Normandy, he says he’ll propose the legislation, but he says he wants them to show up at the hearings at the capitol and ask for it.

“There will be a reserved seat with your name on it in the front row for each and everyone of you,” Parkinson said.

Parkinson suggested they should just make the best of the situation, because having to take a vote on transfers would be lose-lose; he told them: a vote to block, you’re a racist, a vote to allow, you’re going against the public.

Board member Mark Lafata says he wants to be involved, “part of the problem we have today is legislation is drafted without consultation.” But he told KMOX he doesn’t have an opinion at this time.

Francis Howell is stuck for this year anyway; even if Jefferson City lets them opt-out, the earlier they could do so would be fall 2014.

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