KCPS files lawsuit over school transfer ruling - KCTV5 News

KCPS files lawsuit over school transfer ruling

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Days after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law that could allow thousands of students to transfer out of unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools, the district says they're going back to court.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the school board announced that it will file suit Friday morning.

"This administration will file litigation, seeking an injunction that will protect the stability that has created gains that we've enjoyed to these past 24 months," said School Board Chair Airick Leonard West.

The school board is trying to block the Supreme Court ruling the state transfer law is constitutional. The court ruled Tuesday that KCPS must pay tuition and cover transportation costs to the four districts of North Kansas City, Independence, Raytown and Center. Critics, including the KCPS school board say that undermines all the progress the school district is making toward regaining its accreditation.

"Three years of stability have produced the growth and achievement that we've witnessed. But if we do not protect that stability, the well-being of our scholars is threatened to plunge into chaos," West said.

Just a few blocks away at Union Station Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who was promoting an ethics reform agenda, weighed in on the KCPS transfer law. He said he wants to find an alternative.

"We'll be working with the education committees in the House and Senate to try to craft a much more practical, much more understandable measure," Nixon said.

The school board is making a pledge of its own.

"It is our intention as a board to ensure that the superintendent continues to remain focused on pursuing the achievement of our scholars," West said.

West said the lawsuit was filed Friday morning and it's not a last resort. He is still willing to work with parents, the community and the state to come up with non-litigious solutions.

Also, Kansas City's seat on the state school board is vacant and has been for quite some time. Nixon says he hopes to make an appointment soon.

Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit filed by the KCPS Board of Directors against the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri School Board.

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