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Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

The Kansas City school district has released a school-improvement plan that was developed with a local coalition.

The plan's submission Tuesday to the State Board of Education comes one day after a consultant released a competing proposal. The consultant's plan calls for a state-run entity to recruit community groups and educators to operate schools in failing districts.

Unlike that proposal, the new plan calls for the unaccredited Kansas City districts to be designated as provisionally accredited. That would stop students from taking advantage of a state law to transfer to accredited schools. Instead, schools would be accredited individually.

Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.

North St. Louis County's Normandy School District pointed to a variety of things to entice parents to keep their kids in the district: partnerships and collaboration with nearby universities, new technology, and more staff training.

But for the parents of 1,151 Normandy kids, it just wasn’t enough. If you compare it to last year’s enrollment, that means 28 percent will be fleeing the failing school district.

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St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education.

Unaccredited schools in Kansas City and St. Louis could have a huge impact on a number of school districts in each of those metropolitan areas.  Plus, teacher tenure could see changes – and we’ll give you the results of the Columbia school board races we previewed the last couple of weeks.

A House committee heard a bill Tuesday allowing kids from unaccredited school districts to attend non-public schools.