Chris Krehmeyer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Schools Remain Separate And Unequal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-schools-remain-separate-and-unequal <p>What progress can this country point to since the 1954 decision in <em>Brown v Board of Education</em>? It gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement, and that, ironically, has had greater success in parts of society such as housing integration and voting rights than it has in education. Today we still have separate and unequal schools -- not by legal mandate but by other de facto conditions in our neighborhoods. The trials and tribulations in the Normandy schools this past year have helped illuminate the stark contrasts in our public education system.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:03:21 +0000 Chris Krehmeyer 36871 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Schools Remain Separate And Unequal Commentary: Public Education's Big Fix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-public-educations-big-fix <div></div><div>In the coming weeks the future of the Normandy School District and that of every other district in the state will determined by the elected leadership in Jefferson City. &nbsp;Normandy, currently unaccredited, will run out of money at some point between April and the end of the school year. &nbsp;This topic covers so many difficult areas to not only talk about but also find consensus: public education, race, poverty and power. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Chris Krehmeyer 33173 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: School Transfer Fairness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-school-transfer-fairness <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent decision by the Normandy School District will set the stage for the state and our region to address the financial aspect of the student transfer law. &nbsp; Whether or not you agree with their decision, Normandy was not in any financial trouble before the transfer ruling and was in full compliance of state standards of fiscal soundness. &nbsp;So how did we get here?</span></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Chris Krehmeyer 31059 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: School Transfer Fairness Supporting Families And Strengthening Public Education, We Can Do Both http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supporting-families-and-strengthening-public-education-we-can-do-both <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling in </span>Brietenbart<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> v. Clayton and the subsequent events shine a light on a difficult proposition: How do we support families wanting the best education possible for their children and help struggling school districts get better? &nbsp;The case was brought by families in the then unaccredited City of St. Louis Schools wanting to send their children to the affluent, successful Clayton School District. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:16:51 +0000 Chris Krehmeyer 28543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supporting Families And Strengthening Public Education, We Can Do Both Early Childhood Education And Then... http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/early-childhood-education-and-then <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Research has told us, over and over, that the benefits of early childhood education are significant. &nbsp;Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James </span>Heckman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asserts that early childhood education improves the productivity of both our children and society. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><div><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Chris Krehmeyer 25805 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org