Webster Groves School District attorney Doug Copeland said he was troubled by the ruling and its many implications.
"The possibility of large numbers taking advantage of (the student-transfer law) is real," he
But many other students - about 80 from within St. Louis Public Schools' boundaries - have asked to enroll in Webster Groves schools, said Copeland, the district's attorney.
"And I know other districts have hundreds," he
said Wallace's order is strange in that it says it doesn't establish precedent.
said, attorneys in the Turner case have tried several times for a "writ of mandamus" - the legal procedure used in the Webster Groves case - but have been rejected by the courts.
A writ of mandamus essentially says a plaintiff "has a clear and unequivocal right to the relief requested" and that the defendant is required to perform an "unconditional duty" already defined by the law.
"For some reason, Judge Wallace decided that it was clear and unequivocal," Copeland
"It's a complicated thing, and there are just so many problems that the statute creates," Copeland
"I think everyone was hoping the Legislature would fix it," Copeland
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Posted in Education, Metro on Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:11 am Updated: 5:16 pm. | Tags: Webster Groves School District, St. Louis Schools, Jordan Danielle King-willman, Jane Turner, Doug Copeland, Student Transfer, Missouri Supreme Court, Elizabethe Holland, Elisa Crouch,