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Town Hall Meeting Tuesday Night to Discuss Transfer Students

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Another town hall meeting for parents of unaccredited school districts in Normandy and Riverview Gardens is set for Tuesday night.

It’s sponsored by the Children’s Educational Alliance of Missouri, a student and parent advocacy group.

State Policy Director for the group, Kate Casas, says parents will get an outline of their rights and be walked through the process of transfer for their children.

The Normandy District has chosen the Francis Howell district to take on it’s transfer students. The Riverview Garden’s District chose Mehlville.

One of the big questions among parents is how Mehlville has determined it can only take on 150 students from Riverview Gardens.

“Mehlville in 2006 had about a thousand more kids than they have today in the same number of buildings. In the exact same buildings actually,” Casas said.

She said parents question that if Mehlville is allowed to make that determination, are we likely to see other school districts also making similar determinations.

Casas says most parents come to the meetings with an idea of where they would like to send their children but decisions are often made on transportation availability and geography when it should be made on the best education for their children.

She says parents will also get information on how to find information on school ratings.

The Children’s Educational Alliance of Missouri plans no legal action to challenge the transfer mandate. Casas says as long as the districts are making every effort to comply, they are unlikely to pursue legal options.

“At the end of the day it could be another six to ten-year legal battle and thats not helping the kids in Normandy and Riverview,” said Casas.

“Now if a parent brings to our attention that a school district they are interested in is not complying with the DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) guidelines or is not making every attempt to comply with the law we would certainly be open to that discussion, but at this time we don’t have plans right now to do that,” she added.

The Tuesday meeting is at 6:30 P.M. at the St. Louis County Library Indian Trails Branch located at 8400 Delport.

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