Imagine charter schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org en State: 4 of 5 'Financially Stressed' Mo. Charter Schools Are In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-4-5-financially-stressed-mo-charter-schools-are-st-louis <p>The state says five Missouri charter schools are financially stressed.</p><p>Four of the schools are in St. Louis - Carondolet Leadership Academy, Grand Center Arts Academy, South City Preparatory Academy and Jamaa Learning Center. The fifth is Pathway Academy in Kansas City.</p><p>This is the first time the state has declared schools financially stressed under a new state law that requires more supervision of the publicly funded but independently run schools. The designation is based on ending balances in two key funds.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:56:23 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 5441 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State: 4 of 5 'Financially Stressed' Mo. Charter Schools Are In St. Louis St. Louis Public Schools outline plan to accommodate Imagine students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-schools-outline-plan-accommodate-imagine-students <p>The St. Louis Public Schools have unveiled their plans to cope with a possible influx of students from the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-pulls-plug-imagine-run-charter-schools">shuttered Imagine charter schools</a>.</p><p>Superintendent Kelvin Adams says more than 1,200 of Imagine&rsquo;s 3,500 students have applied to attend St. Louis Public Schools next year. He says if enough parents are interested, the district will open as many as six new buildings that would allow Imagine students to stay together.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 02:54:36 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Schools outline plan to accommodate Imagine students School fair for Imagine Charter students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/school-fair-imagine-charter-students <p>There will be a school fair held Saturday to give parents of children at the closing Imagine Charter Schools a sense of their options next year.</p><p>The Missouri State Board of Education <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-pulls-plug-imagine-run-charter-schools">voted earlier this month</a> to close six Imagine Schools June 30&nbsp;because of poor academic performance and financial issues.</p><p>The fair will include the St. Louis Public Schools and other charter, private, and parochial schools.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:50:08 +0000 Maria Altman 3593 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org School fair for Imagine Charter students Morning headlines: Friday, April 27, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-27-2012 <p><strong>Rams trade down, draft Brockers</strong></p><p>The St. Louis Rams drafted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in last night&#39;s first round of the NFL Draft.</p><p>The Rams traded back from the sixth pick to the number 14 pick with the Dallas Cowboys after the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick to draft wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Rams also got a second round pick from the Cowboys in the trade.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:03:58 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3587 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 27, 2012 Morning headlines: Monday, April 23, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-april-23-2012 <p><strong>Police investigating explosive device at downtown federal building</strong></p><p>St. Louis police are trying to find the person who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:58:46 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Maria Altman 3548 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, April 23, 2012 Charter school closures affect more than 3,500 students, may be unprecedented nationally http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/charter-school-closures-affect-more-3500-students-may-be-unprecedented-nationally <p>More than 3,500 students will be displaced when&nbsp;a network of St. Louis charter schools run by Virginia-based&nbsp;Imagine Schools Inc. is shuttered in a closure so massive it may be&nbsp;unprecedented nationally.</p><p>Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter&nbsp;Schools <a href="http://bit.ly/HNIG6S">told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a>&nbsp;that the closure was &quot;definitely&quot; the largest he knew of.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:17:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3536 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Charter school closures affect more than 3,500 students, may be unprecedented nationally Mo. pulls the plug on Imagine-run charter schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-pulls-plug-imagine-run-charter-schools <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p><strong>Updated at 4:44 p.m.</strong> with additional reporting.</p><p><strong>Updated 2:59 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;with additional comment from Imagine&#39;s executive vice president.</p><div>The Missouri Board of Education voted Tuesday to close six charter schools in St. Louis run by Virginia-based Imagine Schools Incorporated.</div><p>The schools will close at the end of this school year.</p><p>Imagine&#39;s executive vice president, Jason Bryant, calls the&nbsp;decision disappointing and says the company is exploring its&nbsp;options.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:39:15 +0000 Maria Altman & The Associated Press 3509 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. pulls the plug on Imagine-run charter schools Mo. Baptist University to relinquish sponsorship of St. Louis charter schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-baptist-university-relinquish-sponsorship-st-louis-charter-schools <p>Missouri&rsquo;s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Missouri Baptist University will relinquish its sponsorship of four charter school systems in St. Louis.</p><p>The university&rsquo;s sponsorship included six schools with the Imagine Academies that <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/authorization-mo-baptist-university-sponsor-charter-schools-be-reviewed-0">had come under fire</a> for poor student performance and deficit spending.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:28:19 +0000 Maria Altman 3390 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Baptist University to relinquish sponsorship of St. Louis charter schools Authorization of Mo. Baptist University to sponsor charter schools to be reviewed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/authorization-mo-baptist-university-sponsor-charter-schools-be-reviewed-0 <p>The Missouri State Board will review Missouri Baptist University&rsquo;s authorization to sponsor charter schools next month.</p><p>MBU holds four charters, which include six Imagine Academy schools in St. Louis.</p><p>The board will hold a public hearing April 16&nbsp;in Jefferson City and is expected to a make a decision the next day.</p><p>Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Michelle Clark says the board has never revoked a sponsor or even held a public hearing.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:26:17 +0000 Maria Altman 3313 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Authorization of Mo. Baptist University to sponsor charter schools to be reviewed 2 St. Louis charter schools to close http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2-st-louis-charter-schools-close <p>Two under-performing St. Louis charter schools will close at the end of the school year.</p><p>James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University&#39;s Education Division, which sponsors the schools, announced Monday that<a href="http://www.myiaas.com/"> Imagine Academy of Academic Success</a> and<a href="http://imagineaca.weebly.com/"> Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts</a>, will close.</p><p>The university, which began sponsoring the schools in 2006, said neither school was living up to academic performance standards, was financially sound, or was showing signs of improvement.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:38:17 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 2707 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2 St. Louis charter schools to close