St. Louis – Passionate outbursts from a packed house at a North County elementary school Monday night were not enough to stop the merger of two area school districts.
Parents, teachers and staff of Normandy and Wellston schools districts crowded into the cafeteria at Normandy's Lucas Crossing Elementary to hear from local and state officials about the need for the merger, which will likely be approved on Thursday.
St. Louis – Missouri State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will meet with parents and staff of the troubled Wellston School district this evening. State officials are recommending that the Wellston schools be dissolved and folded into the neighboring Normandy School District.
Performance scores at the 550-student district have been abysmal in recent years-with just 12 percent of students passing state requirements in communication arts and five percent in math.
Springfield, Ill. – Gov. Pat Quinn is reviewing the Illinois prison system's early release program after The Associated Press reported some inmates are serving less than three weeks of yearlong sentences. Quinn suspended early releases Sunday and called for a "top-to-bottom" review.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation has been filed in Jefferson City for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the use of eminent domain in so-called "blighted" neighborhoods.
The resolution is sponsored by State Representative Belinda Harris (D, Hillsboro). She says it's designed to protect homeowners who are working to improve their properties from having local governments give them to a developer via eminent domain.