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University City Will Accept Normandy Transfer Students

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On July 17, the University City School Board voted 5-2 to overturn their previous controversial decision to kick out Normandy transfer students. Photo: KMOX/Michael Calhoun

On July 17, the University City School Board voted 5-2 to overturn their previous controversial decision to kick out Normandy transfer students. Photo: KMOX/Michael Calhoun

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - University City school board members have changed their mind about rejecting transfers students from Normandy.

On Thursday, the board voted 5-2 to overturn their previous controversial decision to kick out those transfer students. They had taken advantage of the fact that because Normandy was taken over by the state it is not unaccredited, and districts are only forced to take kids from unaccredited schools.

“I just felt really bad for the studentsI really did,” says Board member Charlotte Tatum, swayed by emotion.

Maria Chapelle-Nadal said “good luck” as she voted no.

“The blood is on the governor’s hands,” she says. “He chose not to be an advocate or a leader on the transfer issue.”

Her fear has to do with lawsuits. She says some members of the Board don’t see the big picture, and based their decision on emotion.

Her concern is that the district puts itself in the center of uncertainty, with lawsuits flying and bureaucratic advisories not quite matching state laws.

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