Missouri high court mulls student transfers from KC

The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.

The high court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the court's focus turns to the Kansas City district, which lost its accreditation last year.

Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit, arguing that requiring their districts to accept transfers from Kansas City amounts to an unfunded mandate in violation of the Missouri Constitution.

A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of the Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City plaintiffs but rejected the argument for Blue Springs and Raytown. The state and some of the plaintiffs appealed.

Transfers from Kansas City schools have been on hold until the case is decided.