A recent study completed on behalf of the Clayton, MO School District indicates that about 15,740 (27.8%) of K-12 pupils living in the City would transfer to a St. Louis County school district if given their choice and assuming there was no charge for tuition. The report was completed by Dr. Terry Jones, a noted political scientist and researcher on public policy from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. More than 3,500 of those students would list Clayton as their first choice on where to enroll. Additionally, more than 3,100 of 15,000+ who would transfer have IEPs and would need some level of special education services.
St. Louis schools have been disaccredited, and Clayton is fighting a law permitting students to transfer out of St Louis schools. On Friday, July 16, the Missouri Supreme Court released a decision overturning a summary judgment granted in the School District of Clayton's favor in the matter of Turner v. School District of Clayton. Download a four-page summary of the ruling or review the entire decision, stating that accredited school district must accept students from neighboring, unaccredited school districts.