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City district unsure if it's on the hook for tuition payments

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Attorneys for the St. Louis Public Schools are unsure if the district is required to pay tuition for pupils attending county schools as a result of the district's decertification.

Four city parents have filed suit in an attempt to force the city school district to pay tuition for their children now enrolled in the Clayton Public Schools.

Deborah Sistrunk, a spokeswoman for the city district says the decertification of St. Louis Public Schools is uncharted legal territory.

"Even though the state law is on the records we have entered into some uncharted waters, which is why its important for our attorneys to take a look at the state statute and see how it applies to our students."

A Missouri law from 1993 says a pupil's home district is responsible for tuition should the child want to enroll at a neighboring district with accreditation.

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