St. Louis Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 St. Louis Schools Make Headway, But Plenty Of Work Remains http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-schools-make-headway-plenty-work-remains <p>While plenty of work is left to be done, St. Louis Public Schools has established a foothold in its effort to raise academic performance and reverse decades of sagging enrollment.&nbsp;</p><p>That's the big takeaway from a report by the Chicago based IFF, a nonprofit that released a similar study in 2009 when city leaders were considering the best locations for a wave of charter schools.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:41:33 +0000 Tim Lloyd 37573 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Schools Make Headway, But Plenty Of Work Remains St. Louis Schools Extend Intensive Tutoring Program To Boost Achievement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-schools-extend-intensive-tutoring-program-boost-achievement <p>The Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools has approved funneling $5 million in federal money into an intense tutoring program.</p><p>The district hired three outside vendors to give the program a try with 2,174 students at 23 schools this past school year. Based on benchmark exams, students who participated in the program on average made greater academic strides when compared to those who did not get the extra help.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 03:08:44 +0000 Tim Lloyd 36583 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Schools Extend Intensive Tutoring Program To Boost Achievement Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-calls-community-learning-centers <p>On the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision Saturday, a small group rallied in front of City Hall to call on elected officials to improve St. Louis’ schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The students, parents, members of Metropolitan Congregations United and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis want schools turned into “community learning centers.”&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Bill Raack 36229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers' Roosevelt High Students Aim To Turn Donated Pews Into Learning Opportunities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/roosevelt-high-students-aim-turn-donated-pews-learning-opportunities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kenyun Robinson, 16, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in the St. Louis Public Schools, has a desk and bookshelves at home. But he knows that many students do not, and that is why he was eager to work on a project that the Home Works organization brought to his school on Friday.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:48:15 +0000 Chris King 35808 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Roosevelt High Students Aim To Turn Donated Pews Into Learning Opportunities Board Approves St. Louis Schools Improvement Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/board-approves-st-louis-schools-improvement-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Special Administrative Board (</span>SAB<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) overseeing St. Louis Public Schools has approved a school improvement plan intended to serve as a blueprint for earning back full accreditation for the district. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The plan developed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams divides schools into four tiers based on academic performance and lays out the five overarching goals listed below.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 03:04:15 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35783 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Board Approves St. Louis Schools Improvement Plan Clergy Coalition Voices Support For St. Louis School Improvement Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/clergy-coalition-voices-support-st-louis-school-improvement-plan <p>A coalition of clergy from more than 40 metropolitan area churches is backing the school transformation plan put forth by St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams.</p><p>“We acknowledge there are components that people are unhappy about, unsure about and uncompromising about,” said the Rev. Earl Nance Jr. of Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “We honor the concerns that people have.&nbsp; At the same time, we believe that is worth a try.”</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:03:53 +0000 Tim Lloyd 35661 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Clergy Coalition Voices Support For St. Louis School Improvement Plan 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