Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Normandy Faces Big Deficits -- If It Survives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-faces-big-deficits-if-it-survives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Depending on how tuition calculations for transfer students are figured for the coming school year, the Normandy School District – if it still exists – could end the upcoming school year with a deficit of as much as $11.7 million, district officials said Tuesday.</span></p><p>Addressing the latest meeting of a task force formed to determine options for Normandy’s future, Mick Willis, the district’s assistant superintendent of operations, presented four scenarios for the 2014-15 school year.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:21:07 +0000 Dale Singer 35326 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Faces Big Deficits -- If It Survives 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 Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/recommendation-appointed-board-should-keep-running-st-louis-schools <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.</em></strong></p><p>The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/meetings/April/documents/transitional-school-district.pdf">recommending</a> that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:20:40 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools Education Rundown: College Bound, If You Can http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/education-rundown-college-bound-if-you-can <p>Every other week, we like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. This week, college seemed to be on the minds of a lot of reporters.</p><p><strong>What if?</strong></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:17:57 +0000 Susan Hegger 35240 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Education Rundown: College Bound, If You Can Accounted For: School Dental Clinic In House Springs Gets Students Smiling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/accounted-school-dental-clinic-house-springs-gets-students-smiling <p><em>This story is part five of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/accounted">Accounted For</a>, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success.<em> One reason students miss school or do poorly in class is health. &nbsp;For more on the academic effects of chronic absenteeism, watch the video at the bottom of the page. &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></em></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:47:03 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35174 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Accounted For: School Dental Clinic In House Springs Gets Students Smiling Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/accounted-can-school-clinics-improve-attendance <p><em>This story is part four of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/accounted">Accounted For,</a> an ongoing project of St. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:33:42 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35126 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance? Voters Back Incumbents in Normandy, Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/voters-back-incumbents-normandy-ferguson-florissant-school-board-elections <p></p><p><strong><em>Updated at 8:30 a.m., Wed., April 9.</em></strong></p><p>School board elections brought little change to Normandy and Ferguson-Florissant. In Normandy, three incumbents were facing four challengers for spots on the seven-person board. The winners were current board members Jeanette Pulliam with 19.07 percent and William Humphrey with 16 percent of the vote. A challenger, Gwendolyn Buggs, earned a seat on the board with a little more than 15 percent of the vote.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:12:25 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35146 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Voters Back Incumbents in Normandy, Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kipp-concentrates-new-schools-not-turnarounds <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The charter school operator is opening a new location for kindergarten and first grade in north St. Louis this fall and plans to have six schools in St. Louis five years from now.</em></p><p>On her cell phone, Tiara Abu has a short video showing her and 5-year-old Jawon, sitting on his bed, giving a cheer and doing their best version of jazz hands.</p><p>What was the occasion?</p><p>“He had just counted to 100 for me,” explained Abu, adding: I hadn’t asked him to.”</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:47:26 +0000 Dale Singer 35037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds Online College Course Consortium Collapses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/online-college-course-consortium-collapses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After failing to make the grade with professors at Washington University, <a href="http://semesteronline.org/">Semester Online</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is going offline for good.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:30:12 +0000 Dale Singer 35028 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Online College Course Consortium Collapses Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/not-all-school-board-races-are-ho-hum-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School board elections often prompt little more than a ripple of public interest, but they are stirring up quite a bit more in at least two north St. Louis County districts this spring.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:24:04 +0000 Dale Singer 34964 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year