St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Tue June 17, 2003

Court Rejects Vote on St. Louis School Issue

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court says St. Louis
residents won't vote on a student bill of rights. The high court says the issue should have been decided four years ago.

Today's unanimous decision says a state law allowing a vote specifically set a March 15th, 1999, deadline.

Under the proposed student bill of rights, voters would have decided whether to allow students to attend public schools closest
to their homes, or choose to enroll in any other public school in the St. Louis district.

The proposal also would have required the district to revert to a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school system.