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 School District
9:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers

Missouri's education commissioner is hoping that the change from the Normandy School District to the Normandy Schools Collective brings success.
Stephanie Zimmerman

Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

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News Quiz
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

News Quiz for June 27, 2014

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Unaccredited Districts
9:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting

The Normandy School District is set to lapse on June 30.
Stephanie Zimmerman

With some anger, some defiance and some celebration, the elected board of the Normandy school district held its final meeting Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the district will be replaced by the Normandy Schools Collaborative, to be run by a board whose members have not yet all been appointed. Ty McNichols is set to remain as superintendent, but he and other administrators will be working without contracts.

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Unaccredited School Districts
5:31 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit / File photo

As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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News Quiz
9:05 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

News Quiz for Jun 20, 2014

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Student Transfers
3:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy

The Missouri Board of Education put stricter limits on which students can transfer in the coming school year.
Credit Courtesy Normandy School District

While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question:

Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts?

The Stacey family lives in the Normandy school district, and last summer, Stacey took advantage of the state law that lets students living in unaccredited districts enroll in nearby accredited ones. She enrolled Jonathan in kindergarten in Ritenour.

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Unaccredited Districts
8:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Missouri School Board Limits Normandy Transfers, Appoints Some Members To New Governing Panel

Normandy High School
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

JEFFERSON CITY — More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy School District last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.

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Missouri Board Of Education
1:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today

Chris Nicastro
Credit / DESE website

Updated 2:03 p.m.

Here are three names of new board members, confirmed by St. Louis Public Radio: 

  • Reginald Dickson, Normandy resident/serves on board of Beyond Housing

  • Charles Pearson, retired administrator/resident/Task Force

  • Richard Ryffel, past-president Beyond Housing//Executive Director J.P. Morgan Bank

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Missouri Board Of Education
8:02 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Big Questions And Small Ones Linger About Normandy

Superintendent Ty MacNichols with Normandy students.
Credit Courtesy Normandy School District

While the Missouri board of education wrestles with big questions concerning  Normandy schools – who will run them, how will the curriculum change, how can student achievement be raised – parents in the district have much more personal concerns:

Will their children still be able to transfer to nearby accredited districts in the coming school year?

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Normandy School District
4:38 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Normandy Seeks Court Order Blocking State Takeover

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

The Normandy School District filed a motion Friday seeking to block the state’s takeover of the district as of June 30 and its replacement by a new Normandy Schools Collaborative run by a state-appointed board.

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