Saint Louis University

When the Missouri General Assembly passed the state's school transfer law in 1993, it fundamentally changed the stakes for the 520 school districts in Missouri. Districts that fail to meet accreditation standards now face the prospect of a mass transfer of students and, with them, funding. Accredited districts face a potential influx of students they never expected to have. With three districts in the state currently unaccredited (and 11 others in danger of losing accreditation), the law's implications have the potential to be far more significant than imagined when it was passed 20 years ago.

The School of Law will host state and regional leaders for a community discussion on the problems and potential solutions surrounding school transfers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the John K. Pruellage Courtroom at Scott Hall.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Wolff, J.D., dean of the School of Law, professor of law and former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court;
  • Chris L. Nicastro, Ph.D., Missouri commissioner of education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • Kate Casas, state policy director for Children's Education Alliance of Missouri; and
  • Administrators from Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts

The forum will be moderated by Aaron Taylor, assistant professor of law.

Join the School of Law before the forum, from 11 to 11:40 a.m. in room 1248 to learn "How Did We Get Here: An Overview of Missouri's School Transfer Law." Elisa Couch, education reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will discuss the history of the transfer statute, the litigation surrounding it and how it's playing out in the lives of parents, students and educators in the St. Louis area.

This event is open to the public. Lunch is available for $12 and will be distributed at 1 p.m. outside of the courtroom. Attendees are encouraged to stay and join the panelists in the Pavilion for a continued conversation.

For food purposes, RSVP to by Monday, Nov. 4. Sponsored by the SLU Legal Clinics and the Public Interest Law Group.