K.C. Schools Transfer Case Now in Judge’s Hands

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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.

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