Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-board-loosens-normandy-transfer-rules <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)</span></strong></p><p>JEFFERSON CITY – With its president acknowledging that an earlier vote was an overreaction, the Missouri state board of education reversed itself Tuesday and broadened the terms under which students living in Normandy may transfer to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:19 +0000 Dale Singer 38258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/progress-report-normandy-school-hiring-hits-80-percent-will-try-flipped-classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.</span></p><p>But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:09:05 +0000 Dale Singer 38242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-parents-sue-students-right-transfer-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several parents of students who live in the Normandy school district filed <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/07.14.2014_Final_Version_School_Transfer_Petition.pdf">suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court</a>&nbsp;Monday, challenging the state’s move to limit the number of students who may transfer out of Normandy to accredited school districts.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:40:01 +0000 Dale Singer 38034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-normandy-begins-advice-determination-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he gave the oath of office to the five appointed members of the new board of the Normandy Schools Collaborative Tuesday, state school board vice president Mike Jones also gave them some advice.</span></p><p>First, he told them that what they are doing is not community service, it is public service.</p><p>The difference?</p><p>“The community is always grateful for your service,” Jones said. “The public always is not.”</p><p>Then, he noted that while the Missouri state school board may have confirmed their appointments, the big job ahead is theirs.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:06:50 +0000 Dale Singer 37696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change New Normandy School Board Is Completed; Pattonville Rejects Normandy Transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-normandy-school-board-completed-pattonville-rejects-normandy-transfers <p><strong>Updated at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday with Pattonville decision, DESE comment on vacation days.</strong></p><p>The Missouri state board of education filled out the new board for the Normandy Schools Collaborative Monday by adding Sheila Williams, a member of the elected school board, and Andrea Terhune, a former IT executive with Enterprise.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:05:42 +0000 Dale Singer 37663 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Normandy School Board Is Completed; Pattonville Rejects Normandy Transfers With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/district-about-lapse-elected-normandy-board-holds-final-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With some anger, some defiance and some celebration, the elected board of the Normandy school district held its final meeting Thursday night.</span></p><p>On Tuesday, the district will be replaced by the Normandy Schools Collaborative, to be run by a board whose members have not yet all been appointed. Ty McNichols is set to remain as superintendent, but he and other administrators will be working without contracts.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:17:11 +0000 Dale Singer 37570 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting Normandy Seeks Court Order Blocking State Takeover http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-seeks-court-order-blocking-state-takeover <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Normandy School&nbsp;District filed a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201406/File_stamped_Motion_for_Temporary_Restraining_Order_06.13.14.pdf">motion Friday seeking to block the state’s takeover of the district</a> as of June 30 and its replacement by a new Normandy Schools Collaborative run by a state-appointed board.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:38:24 +0000 Dale Singer 37160 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Seeks Court Order Blocking State Takeover One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-year-later-no-end-sight-school-transfer-turmoil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year ago Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court threw the lives of thousands of students, teachers, parents and school administrators into a turmoil that shows no signs of stopping.</span></p><p></p><p>By <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=62575">unanimously overturning</a>&nbsp;a lower court ruling and allowing students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools, the court enforced a 20-year-old law in a way that no one had foreseen would ever happen.</p><p>As a result:</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:11:03 +0000 Dale Singer 36879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil Wholesale Hiring Could Begin Soon In Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wholesale-hiring-could-begin-soon-normandy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let’s say you’ve been a teacher in the Normandy school district for a while and are wondering what’s going to happen to your job when the new state-run Normandy Schools Collaborative takes over on July 1.</span></p><p>If you’re still interested in teaching in the district, here is what Superintendent Ty McNichols had to say in a letter sent out to staff member last week:</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:55:43 +0000 Dale Singer 36844 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wholesale Hiring Could Begin Soon In Normandy Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appointed-boards-hold-lessons-normandy-keep-sense-urgency-even-when-change-slow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lynn </span>Beckwith<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers very well what happened on May 20, 2010, and how it set into motion a scramble to get the Riverview Gardens schools ready for the coming year.</span></p><p>That was the day Beckwith was named to head the three-member special administrative board that is running the unaccredited north St. Louis County school district.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:56:11 +0000 Dale Singer 36653 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow