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 to 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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State School Board
4:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

14 Candidates Seek Missouri Education Commissioner Post

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

The Missouri state board of education has a field of 14 candidates from which to choose the state’s new commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

After the board’s open meeting in Branson Thursday, where it approved added responsibility for the appointed school board that is running the Normandy Schools Collaborative, board president Peter Herschend said in a telephone interview that the applications of the 14 people who want to succeed retiring Commissioner Chris Nicastro would be reviewed in a closed session on Friday.

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State School Board
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Normandy Board Set To Gain New Power, Outsource Subs And Other Responsibilities

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

As the appointed board that runs the new Normandy Schools Collaborative is about to take on new responsibilities for personnel decisions and improved academic achievement, it is working with outside agencies to find substitute teachers and help its littlest residents on the road to learning.

Following acceptance by the Joint Executive Governing Board of a proposal that it be in charge of evaluating, hiring and disciplining personnel, the state board of education is expected to approve the new plan at its meeting Thursday in Branson.

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Part-time faculty
4:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Washington U. Adjuncts Begin Voting On Union Next Week

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Adjunct faculty members at Washington University will begin voting next week on whether to join a union, with the ballots to be counted after the first of the year.

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Students and aging
8:11 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Washington University Students Ponder Life When They’re 64

Susan Stark
Credit Washington University

If medical tests found that you had risk factors that could possibly lead to Alzheimer’s disease when you are in your mid-60s, would you want to know?

What if you were a freshman in college, just starting out on your path to adulthood? Would that change your answer?

That’s one of the questions that students in a new course at Washington University are pondering as they look into what their futures may hold — cue the Beatles music — when they’re 64.

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Unruly demonstration
3:35 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Windows, Boards, Resilience Line South Grand

Sign painted on boarded-up window at the Upcycle Exchange
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

When the big window in her craft shop on South Grand was covered with plywood on Tuesday, Autumn Wiggins wasn’t about to let a drab, blank canvas go to waste.

So some artist friends, Ken Wood and Andrew James, wielded a paint brush and a roller and soon, in stark black against a bright white background, the shop’s name, Upcycle Exchange, was there to proclaim that she was open for business – and that the new blackboard could be used as a place for others in the eclectic neighborhood to voice their views on the aftermath of Monday night’s demonstration.

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Preparing for the unknown
4:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

In Anticipation Of Potential Unrest, Schools, Businesses And Activists Prepare

Sam's Meat Market in Ferguson. its windows are boarded up in anticipation of protests after the grand jury decision.
Credit Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

As the wait goes on for an announcement by the Darren Wilson grand jury, people, businesses and organizations are taking steps to prepare for possible unrest. There are random anecdotes of parents preparing to bring their children home early from school, and businesses developing plans for locking down under duress.

But there are also more concrete plans in the works.

School closings

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Staff Picks
10:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

15 Mini Reviews For The St. Louis International Film Festival

Credit website

Updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with new review.

The St. Louis International Film Festival is underway with enough options to ensure that almost everyone can find something of interest.

Some of us in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio checked out the list of offerings and asked to review films that caught our interest. As you check out our mini reviews, you should know that several of the movies we requested were not available and that some of us asked for more than time permitted. These are just a taste of what is available.

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Part-Time Faculty
4:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Adjuncts At Washington U. Could Vote On A Union This Year; Organizers Active At Webster U.

Brookings Hall at Washington University
Credit Washington University

Adjunct instructors at Washington University could be voting by the end of this year whether to form a union now that the university and the Service Employees International Union have agreed on terms for an election to proceed.

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Part-Time Teachers
10:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

In Unions There Is Strength? Adjunct Instructors Hope So

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Updated at 9:16 a.m. Friday with agreement between Washington U. and union, cancellation of NLRB hearing:

For many university instructors with a Ph.D. following their name, the letters might stand for Pretty Hefty Disillusionment.

They’re the ones who, after working for years to earn a doctorate in their field, sadly find that the higher education system has no job openings for them to teach students what they know.

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School Reform
4:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Local Normandy Board Could Gain More Authority

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

After complaints from teachers and others about how the initial year of the Normandy Schools Collaborative has gone so far, the state board of education wants to give more authority to the local appointed board.

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