charter schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org en All-Girls STEM Charter Could Open In 2015 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/all-girls-stem-charter-could-open-2015 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six years ago Mary </span>Stillman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;attended a lecture by Ann </span>Tisch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at Washington University.</span></p><p>“That was my ah-ha moment,” Stillman recalls.&nbsp; “Here she is talking about this group of public schools for girls who wouldn’t otherwise have this model of education and it’s working.”</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Tim Lloyd 33011 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org All-Girls STEM Charter Could Open In 2015 Commentary: Sequestration And Our Children http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-sequestration-and-our-children <p>All of us should be greatly concerned that the continuation of the Sequestration will have an extremely negative impact on the future of our schools and our school age children. It adversely impacts education in many ways<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:23:45 +0000 Susan Uchitelle 25294 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Sequestration And Our Children Fostering ‘Grit And Joy:’ KIPP Inspire Academy’s Strategies For Charter School Success http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fostering-grit-and-joy-kipp-inspire-academy-s-strategies-charter-school-success <p></p><p>In 2009, <a href="http://www.kippstl.org/">KIPP Inspire Academy </a>opened its doors in St. Louis. Since then, the charter school has grown from a single class of 80&nbsp;5th graders to a school of 330 students in grades 5th through 8th, many of them behind by two years in reading and math.<br><br>St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach recently spoke with KIPP's Executive Director Kelly Garrett about the school's education model that puts just as much emphasis on character as it does on reading and writing.<br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:34:02 +0000 Julie Bierach 27260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fostering ‘Grit And Joy:’ KIPP Inspire Academy’s Strategies For Charter School Success Three New Charter Schools To Open In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/three-new-charter-schools-open-st-louis <P>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that three new charter schools will open next fall.</P> <P>That will bring to 18 the number of schools that have gone through the screening process put in place by the mayor's office.</P> <P>The mayor says quality education is critical to keeping families in the city.</P> <P>He says <A href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-schools-get-provisional-accreditation-after-unanimous-board-vote">this week's announcement</A> that the St. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:19:24 +0000 Maria Altman 5559 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Three New Charter Schools To Open In St. Louis 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 More charter schools may come to more Missouri areas, with Gov. signature http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-charter-schools-may-come-more-missouri-areas-gov-signature <p>Gov. Jay Nixon says he will sign legislation allowing charter schools to operate in more areas of Missouri but with greater oversight.</p><p>But the governor <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2012/Gov_Nixon_vetoes_HB_1789_says_legislation_is_an_unfunded_mandate">vetoed a separate education bill</a> that would have made it easier for some students to transfer to other districts.</p><p>Nixon plans a formal signing ceremony for the charter school bill Wednesday night at the Missouri Girls State convention in Warrensburg.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:01:19 +0000 The Associated Press 4000 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More charter schools may come to more Missouri areas, with Gov. signature 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. Senate passes education overhaul legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-education-overhaul-legislation <p>The Missouri Senate has passed bills&nbsp;that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would&nbsp;also allow the state to take over failing school districts more&nbsp;quickly.</p><p>In a 31-2 vote Wednesday, the Senate gave final backing to a&nbsp;measure that would allow charter schools to be set up in districts&nbsp;that have been declared unaccredited.</p><p>Kansas City and St. Louis are the only districts allowed to have&nbsp;charter schools under current Missouri law.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:40:02 +0000 The Associated Press 3529 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes education overhaul legislation 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. Senate supports charter school expansion bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-supports-charter-school-expansion-bill <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has endorsed&nbsp;legislation<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9253"> that could allow charter schools to be formed outside&nbsp;of Kansas City and St. Louis</a>.</p><p>In a voice vote Wednesday, the Senate backed a measure that&nbsp;would allow charter schools to be set up in districts that have&nbsp;been declared unaccredited. It would also allow charter schools in&nbsp;some districts that would have been provisionally accredited for&nbsp;three straight years, starting with next school year.</p><p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:46:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 3470 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate supports charter school expansion bill