commentary http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-disparity-among-school-districts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Missouri, as in most states, public schools are administered by local school boards. &nbsp;The boundaries of school districts are drawn in accordance with state law. Schools are funded primarily through local property taxes. Districts with higher per capita incomes tend to have better schools. &nbsp;The districts most in danger of losing their accreditation tend to be those with lower per capita incomes.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Schlafly 30502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts Commentary: The Real Cost Of The School Transfer Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-real-cost-school-transfer-program <p></p><p></p><div>Cost is factor no matter what you are buying &ndash; a six-pack of beer, a pair of jeans, a house, or for a state government, a public education for school-age children.</div><p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Much has been said about the cost of the region&rsquo;s current inter-district student transfer program. Much of what has been said about that cost has been incomplete, or ill informed.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p><div>The one price tag that&rsquo;s been floated is $35 million. Let&rsquo;s break that down.&nbsp;</div><p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 D.J. Wilson 30190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Real Cost Of The School Transfer Program St. Louis Grown Artists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-grown-artists <p>I recently saw a picture of Joe Edwards of the U. City Loop fame shaking the hand of Ntozake Shange after her star had been installed in the University City Walk of Fame.</p><p>Shange is of course best known for her choreopoem,"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide,When the Rainbow is Enuf."</p><p>I started thinking of the multitude of artists in all artistic fields who have come out of our culturally rich region and made it on a national level. Many are deceased, many are still working, and many are up and coming and will probably go all the way to the top.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:37:56 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 8039 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Grown Artists Tom Schlafly Commentary: Emerson's House Resignation 'Disappointing' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tom-schlafly-commentary-emersons-house-resignation-disappointing <P>Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s <A href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/newly-re-elected-emerson-leaving-congress-feb">decision to resign</A> from the House of Representatives is disappointing for two reasons.</P> <P>First, she’s resigning from a position to which she was just elected last month. What happened? She didn’t suddenly and unexpectedly come down with a serious illness that would prevent her from serving out her term. There was no family crisis that would require her to spend more time at home. No. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Tom Schlafly 7138 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tom Schlafly Commentary: Emerson's House Resignation 'Disappointing'