Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U City School Board Reverses Decision, Will Take Normandy Transfers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U City School Board Reverses Decision, Will Take Normandy Transfers

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UNIVERSITY CITY * The University City School District will be accepting Normandy transfer students this fall, after the School Board on Thursday reversed its decision to reject them.

Eighty children who'd transferred out of Normandy schools into the neighboring University City district under a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last fall will be re-enrolled, relieving their parents of the angst of having to put them back in Normandy schools.

After the 5-2 vote, one of those parents, Laquette Collins, smiled as she sat beside her 8-year-old daughter, Selena. "When they did that, I just wanted to jump up and say, 'Thank you, God!'" Collins said.

The board's reversal came nearly a month after its initial vote to send the Normandy children back. Multiple school boards have made similar decisions because Normandy no longer must comply with the school transfer law. As a result, receiving districts are no longer required to keep the Normandy students.

On July 1, the Missouri Board of Education lapsed the failing Normandy School District and restarted it under a new name and state oversight. The district became the Normandy Schools Collaborative, with no accreditation classification. Because the district is no longer "unaccredited," it doesn't fall under the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that says students living within its borders may transfer, according to the state education department.

Ever since the University City board voted 3-3 on June 26 to send the children back, some members have felt conflicted about that decision. On July 7, they listened to their constituents spend about two hours airing a wide range of views. And for about 90 minutes before Thursday's meeting, the board members discussed the issue some more.

Their concerns revolved around finances since the Normandy Schools Collaborative would be paying a fraction of the tuition that University City had charged in the 2013-14 school year. …

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