St. Louis Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 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 Prospect Of Nonprofits Running Low-Performing St. Louis Public Schools Continues To Draw Criticism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/prospect-nonprofits-running-low-performing-st-louis-public-schools-continues-draw-criticism <p><strong><em>Updated Sat., March 29, at 2:09 p.m.</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal to bring in nonprofits to run low-performing St. Louis City schools continued to draw criticism during a public hearing at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on Saturday.</span></p><p>With comments similar to those made at a forum on Thursday night, members of the elected school board reiterated their opposition to the idea. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:24:03 +0000 Tim Lloyd 34804 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prospect Of Nonprofits Running Low-Performing St. Louis Public Schools Continues To Draw Criticism Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/adams-presents-school-improvement-plan-could-bring-nonprofit-operators <p><strong><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated 8:45 p.m., Thurs., March 13 with details from final proposal and comments.</em></strong></p><p>This evening St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined his blueprint for building up academic achievement and meeting new standards established under the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5).</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Tim Lloyd 34399 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators Schweich Issues SLPS Audit Follow Up, Encouraged By Progress http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-issues-slps-audit-follow-encouraged-progress <p>St. Louis Public Schools is working toward or has already put in place a string of <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/32603/schweich_audit_slps">recommendations laid out in a state audit issued in September last year</a>.</p><p>That’s the big takeaway from a follow-up report released today from the Missouri Auditor’s Office.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:40:13 +0000 Tim Lloyd 33870 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich Issues SLPS Audit Follow Up, Encouraged By Progress St. Louis Area Schools Receive More Than $6.2 Million To Improve Academic Performance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-area-schools-receive-more-62-million-improve-academic-performance <p><a href="http://dese.mo.gov/qs/fedprog/sig/documents/qs-sig-cadre-III-Year-1-Rec-for-Funding-2013-2014.pdf">Twelve St. Louis area schools</a> with low academic performance will receive a total of more than $6.2 million in federal money to kick start classroom improvement.</p><p>The money comes from the U.S. Department of <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html">Education’s School Improvement Grant (SIG)</a> program, which is distributing more than $43 million nationally to seven states.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:34:33 +0000 Tim Lloyd 32609 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Area Schools Receive More Than $6.2 Million To Improve Academic Performance Mann And Shenandoah Elementary Schools Will Remain Open http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mann-and-shenandoah-elementary-schools-will-remain-open <p>Parents and community members concerned about the fate of two south city elementary schools breathed a sigh of a relief on Thursday night.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, Kelvin Adams, told the Special Administrative Board that the district should renovate and keep open Shenandoah and Mann Elementary Schools.</p><p>With no further action needed from the board, the future of the historic schools is now secure.&nbsp;</p><p>Adams’ recommendation was greeted by a chorus of applause from concerned parents who attended the meeting.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:25:59 +0000 Tim Lloyd 32429 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mann And Shenandoah Elementary Schools Will Remain Open State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-finds-issues-st-louis-public-schools <p><em>Updated 1:20 p.m.</em></p><p>The Missouri state auditor gave the St. Louis Public Schools a “fair” rating in <a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Press/2013-085.pdf">an audit of the district released Wednesday</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Auditor Tom </span>Schweich<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Republican, said the district was not initially cooperative with his office.</span></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:32:06 +0000 Maria Altman 29636 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools As New School Year Begins, St. Louis Officials Push For High Attendance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-school-year-begins-st-louis-officials-push-high-attendance <p>In a press conference held at St. Louis City Hall today, Mayor Slay was joined by school and court officials to speak about the importance of regular school attendance before the first day on Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams says that while attendance has increased, it is estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 students don’t attend on the first day of school. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:26:31 +0000 Erin Williams 28891 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As New School Year Begins, St. Louis Officials Push For High Attendance