The ability of children living in the Kansas City Public Schools district boundary to transfer to other districts now rests in the hands of a Jackson County judge — at least for now.
“My ruling is significant,” Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell said after attorneys’ closing arguments today. “But I realize I won’t be the final say.”
Powell will be adding his opinion to the question of whether a law that allows children to transfer out of unaccredited school districts violates the Missouri Constitution.
In a 2 ½-day trial, five neighboring school districts argued that the law is an unfunded mandate, violating the Hancock Amendment to the Constitution. They cited a commissioned study that projected more than 7,700 children would transfer into their schools and that the allowable tuition they could collect would not cover costs that could exceed $10 million.