A Black 3rd Grade elementary student has been told he can’t attend his school after his family moves later this year because he’s black.
Nine Year-old Edmund Lee wants to stay at the school when mom La’Shieka White moves to St. Louis County, outside the school district.
The charter school has a transfer program that would allow Lee to keep studying there after the move – but thanks to a decades-old law, African-Americans are specifically barred from using it. The school transfer laws, some of which date back decades, are hangovers from efforts to desegregate the Missouri school system.
On the other side of the spectrum, White says she has heard from parents of white children who have also been barred from participating in transfer systems elsewhere in the state.