Several parents made signs, calling on education officials to “protect our kids” and “support neighborhood schools.”
Normandy school parents applaud the board’s decision Thursday night to go delinquent on $1.3 million worth of tuition payments to 14 other districts that have taken in transfers students.
A roving panel of Missouri lawmakers started a three-day, statewide fact-finding trip on education policy in a suburban St. Louis school district where hundreds of students from a failing district are being bussed.
Kirkwood Republican Rep. Rick Stream says he will introduce a bill in January allowing accredited districts to limit the number of transfers they must take but he expects strong opposition.
Classes begin Thursday in the Francis Howell district. Nearly 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts are leaving for better-performing schools
The group sent letters to Kirkwood and Mehlville School superintendents Friday stating that if they don’t have space for all the students who have applied, then they need to make space.
A lottery on Friday will determine whether they get their first choices or not.
“I have a senior. He’s doomed if he goes wherever we have him going because he’s not going,” one mother said. “He doesn’t need those obstacles.”
State Policy Director for the Children’s Educational Alliance of Missouri, Kate Casas, says parents will get an outline of their rights and be walked through the process of transfer.
State Rep. Mark Parkinson says if they really want the power to veto student transfers from Normandy, he will propose the legislation.