A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge has ruled unconstitutional a state law that would have allowed thousands of students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to accredited districts. Under the law, the unaccredited district must pay the tuition of those students choosing to transfer. At present there are three unaccredited districts: St. Louis City, Riverview Gardens and Kansas City.
Judge David Lee Vincent III ruled that the law represented an unfunded mandate in violation of the Hancock Amendment of the Missouri Constitution. The Hancock Amendment prevents the state of Missouri from requiring local governments to undertake projects when the state fails to offer funds to complete those projects. The State Attorney General’s office plans to appeal the decision. For more on the ruling and how it might affect school choice legislation in the waning days of this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly, click here.