Normandy parents sue over school transfer changes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A group of Normandy school district parents has filed suit over recent changes to student attendance rules that limit the number of pupils who can transfer to better-performing schools in other districts.

Seven parents filed a lawsuit Monday in St. Louis County Circuit Court against the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state Board of Education and the newly formed Normandy Schools Collaborative. The complaint also names the Brentwood, Clayton, Ladue, Parkway, Pattonville and Ritenour school systems.

The suit comes after Missouri officials disbanded the unaccredited Normandy system in favor of a newly named entity under state oversight, effective July 1. That decision allows school districts that had previously accepted Normandy transfers to limit the numbers of those students in the coming school year, or like Ritenour, to not take any children from there.

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