DESE http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-am-i-supposed-do-ask-some-parents-normandy <p>While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question:</p><p>Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts?</p><p>The Stacey family lives in the Normandy school district, and last summer, Stacey took advantage of the state law that lets students living in unaccredited districts enroll in nearby accredited ones. She enrolled Jonathan in kindergarten in Ritenour.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:25:06 +0000 Dale Singer & Tim Lloyd 37281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nicastro-picks-normandys-new-board-members-today <p><em>Updated 2:03 p.m.</em></p><p>Here are three names of new board members, confirmed by St. Louis Public Radio:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><p class="s7" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span class="s6"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Reginald Dickson, Normandy resident/serves on board of Beyond Housing</span></span></p></li><li><p class="s7" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Charles Pearson, retired administrator/resident/Task Force</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Dale Singer 37235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-board-education-approves-replacing-normandy-school-district-new-organization <p><strong>(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)</strong></p><p>COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:37:48 +0000 Dale Singer 36291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization Editor's Weekly: Key Questions In The Debate Over Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-key-questions-debate-over-schools <p>While St. Louisans celebrated our past this week, the news held hints of our future. &nbsp;Most significant was a <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-board-education-take-over-normandys-finances">proposal from state education officials</a> to revamp how they deal with troubled districts.</p><p>Long term, the proposal would allow state officials to intervene early and with a range of approaches. Short term, the state board took financial control of the Normandy schools – a move that caught district officials by surprise.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 04:45:49 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 33871 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Key Questions In The Debate Over Schools Lawmakers Set To Weigh Changes In School Transfer Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-set-weigh-changes-school-transfer-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As planning begins for school transfers in the St. Louis area in the academic year that starts in August, and Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the new legislative session, one issue will loom large for both groups:</span></p><p>What changes, if any, will come to the transfer law that has dominated so many headlines, discussions and school board meetings in recent months?</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:38:11 +0000 Dale Singer 32831 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers Set To Weigh Changes In School Transfer Law After Public Testimony, School Officials Move To Craft Plan For Improvements http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-public-testimony-school-officials-move-craft-plan-improvements <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After four hearings in Normandy and Riverview Gardens, plus suggestions and plans and proposals from education groups and lawmakers from throughout Missouri, it’s time for state education officials to try to come up with a plan to help struggling school districts.</span></p><p>And Chris Nicastro, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, wants to make sure that whatever plan her department comes up with, that is the focus: helping underachieving students and schools succeed.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dale Singer 32312 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Public Testimony, School Officials Move To Craft Plan For Improvements Normandy Supporters Want End To Transfers, More Time To Succeed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-supporters-want-end-transfers-more-time-succeed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The crowd was a lot smaller at Wednesday night’s second hearing called by Missouri state school officials into the future of the Normandy school district, but its passion remained strong.</span></p><p>And its message was a simple one: Their school district deserves more time to turn itself around, so the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) should come up with a plan that stops students transfers and helps Normandy survive.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 03:44:28 +0000 Dale Singer & Tim Lloyd 32182 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Supporters Want End To Transfers, More Time To Succeed Nicastro Faces Growing Criticism But Earns Vote Of Confidence http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nicastro-faces-growing-criticism-earns-vote-confidence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a growing chorus for Chris </span>Nicastro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to leave her post as Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, the head of the state’s school board gave her a vote of confidence Monday and defended the selection of a consultant currently looking into the Kansas City schools.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 03:17:23 +0000 Dale Singer 32103 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nicastro Faces Growing Criticism But Earns Vote Of Confidence DESE Official Breaks Down Request For Fully Funding Missouri's K-12 Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dese-official-breaks-down-request-fully-funding-missouris-k-12-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri&#39;s public school leaders are hoping state lawmakers next year will fully fund the formula for the state&#39;s K-12 school system, though they know the likelihood is slim.&nbsp; Ron </span>Lankford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Administrative Services for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.&nbsp; He spoke recently with St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Marshall Griffin about the request and what full funding would mean for the state&#39;s 520 school districts:</span></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30301 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org DESE Official Breaks Down Request For Fully Funding Missouri's K-12 Schools DESE Moving To Fully Implement 'Common Core State Standards' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dese-moving-fully-implement-common-core-state-standards <p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)</a> is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.</p><p>Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the<a href="http://www.corestandards.org/"> Common Core State Standards</a> initiative.</p><p>“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25027 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org DESE Moving To Fully Implement 'Common Core State Standards'