Student transfers being addressed at Cooperating School Districts

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By Casey Nolen

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Administrators are working to grant transfers to thousands of students who have applied to leave their unaccredited districts.

A team is pouring over those applications at Cooperating School Districts headquarters to try and assign students to their preferred schools.

Most of the students will not be assigned to their preferred schools because those districts say there's not enough room for all of the kids who want in. In fact, Kirkwood and Mehlville will be a couple hundred seats short of the number of requests.

To recap: the Missouri Supreme Court ruled students in unaccredited districts can transfer to neighboring districts, with their unaccredited districts paying tuition and transportation.

But the districts are only providing transportation to certain districts. Not surprisingly, those are the schools in the highest demand.

Since there are more requests that there is room, a lottery system will be used to determine who gets to go to which school.

Don Senti, Superintendent of the Cooperating School Districts, says every student who wants to transfer will get matched with a school, and he says while that's good for them, he does not believe it's good for the schools they are leaving behind.

However, several education reformers say giving parents the choice to send their kids where they want is what it's going to take to improve schools. And whether Senti likes it or not, CSD employees are prepared to stay into the night to give those kids that choice, getting ready for the lottery that will start at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

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