Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
As a result of the passage and signing of SB 638 (effective August 28, 2016), the Department has updated guidance for student transfers from unaccredited to accredited districts and approved charter schools. It is non-regulatory guidance provided to offer school districts and approved charter schools assistance in implementing state law.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) would like to clarify the situation involving an African American Gateway Science Academy student denied transfer from St. Louis County to the Gateway charter school. This unfortunate situation is not due to state law or state regulations. It is a result of the student's change in residency.