Update on Kansas City Missouri School transfers
On Friday, December 30th, Circuit Court Judge W. Brent Powell denied a temporary restraining order requested by the Independence School District, along with other area districts. The TRO would have temporarily prohibited the transfer of students from the Kansas City, Missouri School District to surrounding districts until the court could provide clarification regarding Kansas City Public School's policy regarding student transfers.
That does not change the fact that, in order to comply with state law, KCPS must provide tuition and transportation consistent with Independence School District board policy before any student transfers can take place. The Independence School District will continue to take information from any student requesting a future transfer from the Kansas City Missouri School District, but will not be accepting transfers until those requirements are met.
On January 12th, the Independence School District, along with surrounding districts, will be back in court seeking further clarification regarding KCPS's transfer policy and the responsibility of both KCPS and surrounding school districts under current state law.
The district remains hopeful that a long-term, sustainable plan will be developed for the future of KCPS that is in the best interest of all students, and continues to offer to be a part of that solution.