Turner vs. Clayton Schools Case Could Wrap Up Wednesday

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CLAYTON, MO. (KTVI-FOX2now.com)-As a critical case for many school districts is argued in Clayton, the Missouri Supreme Court hands down and important ruling on the same issue. The focus in both cases is whether kids in failing school districts should be able to attend school somewhere else and who should pay for it.

The landmark Turner vs. Clayton Schools case is set to wrap up on Wednesday at the St. Louis County Courts. But it appears after the Missouri high court ruling, a similar trial could be held again in Clayton.

The Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday overturned a St. Louis County Court decision that the Webster School District must enroll a student from the unaccredited St. Louis City School District. Judge Barbara Wallace has ordered the Webster Groves district to enroll Jordan Danielle King-Willmann , a high school student from St. Louis city.

King-Willman was trying to take advantage of a law that allows students from an unaccredited district to transfer to a nearby accredited school district. The failing district must pay the tuition and transportation costs. But the high court sent the case back to the district court saying there was no original evidentiary hearing.

This happened as the Turner case which revolves around the same state law is being heard inside the courthouse. In that case, which has been going on since 2007, several city students wanted to enroll in the Clayton School District and bill the city.  Families sued after Clayton raised questions about the situation.

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