Chris Nicastro http://news.stlpublicradio.org en State Board Of Education Extends SAB Control Of St. Louis Public Schools For Two More Years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-board-education-extends-sab-control-st-louis-public-schools-two-more-years <p>The state-appointed Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools will maintain oversight of the provisionally accredited district through June 2016.&nbsp;</p><p>The state Board of Education unanimously approved the extension during its meeting today in Jefferson City. The SAB had been set to expire in June of this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Education Commission Chris Nicastro said even though the district has had some academic ups and downs under the SAB’s tenure, keeping it in place would allow officials to gauge whether school improvement efforts are taking root.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:48:49 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35315 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Board Of Education Extends SAB Control Of St. Louis Public Schools For Two More Years Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-advances-smaller-subsidy-normandy-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:36:14 +0000 Dale Singer 34753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-transition-panel-will-now-hold-public-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School&nbsp;District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:46:55 +0000 Dale Singer 34400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panel-normandys-future-begins-meeting-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:06:47 +0000 Dale Singer 34338 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lesson-plans-lawmakers-work-sweeping-school-proposals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27723589">sweeping education bill</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1868&amp;year=2014&amp;code=R">debate in the House</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:23:03 +0000 Dale Singer 34150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-has-its-say-missouri-school-accreditation-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri education officials say their&nbsp;<a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/meetings/February/documents/UnaccreditedDistricts.pdf">plan</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.</span></p><p>But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:05:05 +0000 Dale Singer 34001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-board-member-wants-his-colleagues-voted-out <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey: </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Terry </span>Artis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:43:10 +0000 Dale Singer 33972 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out Missouri Board Of Education To Take Over Normandy's Finances http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-board-education-take-over-normandys-finances <p>JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Board of Education surprised the Normandy School District Tuesday by voting to take over its finances in a bid to bolster chances that the district would get $5 million in emergency funds to help it finish the school year.</p><p>The state Board also directed the education commissioner to appoint a transition task force immediately to develop a plan for the operation of the Normandy Schools starting in July 2014, if the General Assembly fails to appropriate additional funds for the district, and if the district lapses.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:17:03 +0000 Dale Singer 33810 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Board Of Education To Take Over Normandy's Finances Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-board-ponders-how-improve-unaccredited-districts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.</span></p><p>But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:50:49 +0000 Dale Singer 33614 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dese-hears-pleas-keep-public-charge-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:</span></p><p>The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:03:40 +0000 Dale Singer 33508 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools