Dale Singer

Education Reporter

Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and a grandson, Jonah, who is the cutest child in the world.

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Normandy finances
3:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools

The Normandy transition task force to plan for Normandy’s future will be holding several meetings in the coming weeks.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.

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Washington University
5:42 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

After Nearly 25 Years, Washington U. Will Bring Back Sociology

Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Depending on who is telling the story, Washington University dropped its sociology department in 1991 because it was filled with radical thinkers or because it was not strong enough academically.

Or maybe it was a little of both.

Either way, the university announced this week that it will be bringing the department back, with some classes in the field possibly offered as early as this fall.

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Mehlville School District
4:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Knost Leaving Mehlville To Become Rockwood Superintendent

Eric Knost
Credit Mehlville website

Eric Knost, whose job as the superintendent of the Mehlville School District thrust him into the middle of this school year’s student transfer drama, has resigned that job and is in line to become superintendent of the Rockwood schools.

In a notice posted on Mehlville's Facebook page, Knost said he was released from his superintendent’s position, effective June 30, during a closed meeting of that district’s school board Monday night.

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Harris-Stowe
5:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Presidential Search, New Faculty Contract Put Spotlight On Harris-Stowe

Credit Dale Singer

Harris-Stowe State University is looking for a new president, and its professors are working under a new contract that was imposed on them by the school's governing board. The labor issues are just one indication that Harris-Stowe faces many long-simmering problems that raise questions about the institution's future.

To outsiders, the atmosphere on the venerable midtown campus was calm. But long-simmering disputes between the faculty and top officials were about to go public.

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Harris-Stowe history
5:07 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Harris-Stowe’s Long, Winding Road

Harris-Stowe’s journey to the university it is today began in 1857, when the St. Louis Public Schools founded a teacher-training institution for white students only – the first such teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River.

It later became known as Harris Teachers College, which in 1920 grew into a four-year undergraduate institution, offering a bachelor’s degree.

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Failing schools
4:51 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Plan To Help Struggling Missouri Schools Wins Approval

Missouri state Board of Education voted Friday to approve a plan to intervene in struggling school districts.
Bubbles | sxc.hu

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri state Board of Education voted Friday to approve a plan to intervene in struggling school districts. It also sent the message that it will become more active in making sure districts adopt policies that will result in success.

The plan, revised from a draft version presented to the board last month, spells out various avenues of support that would be provided to or required of school districts depending on how well they score on their annual performance review.

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News Quiz
10:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

News Quiz for Week of Mar 17, 2014

Were you paying attention to St. Louis Public Radio this week?

Take our quiz below, then come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.

Missouri school funding
3:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Formula For Missouri Schools Is Sharply Underfunded, New Study Says

A new report by the Missouri Budget Project estimates that Missouri's public schools are underfunded by $656 million, or $700 for each student in Missouri.
Courtesy Normandy School District

Missouri’s public schools are underfunded by $656 million — averaging about $700 for each student in the state — according to an analysis released on Wednesday, but school officials see some hope for relief in the budget debate now being held in Jefferson City.

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News Quiz
7:49 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

News Quiz for week of Mar. 14, 2014

  How'd you do? Come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.

Normandy School District
4:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings

The state has named a task force to consider the future of the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.

The 10-member panel was named by Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, at the direction of the state board of education. The group held its first meeting on Monday without public notice and planned to continue meeting in private, according to its chair, Carole Basile, who is dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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