Legislature to consider school transfer bill

Dec 11, 2013

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A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.

If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

“It’s an idea that doesn’t rule out any type of transfers, but yet, it makes it local control, and (it) makes sure that a receiving district isn’t overflowing with capacity they can’t handle,” he said.

LeVota’s proposal comes one day after a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for students to transfer from the Kansas City school district to nearby accredited districts.