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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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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Hollow Victory
9:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Breitenfeld Won Student Transfer Case But Now Home Schools Children, Faces Bankruptcy

Gina Breitenfeld
Credit Provided

As Missouri schools begin preparing for another year of student transfers, the woman who brought the case all the way to the state Supreme Court is at the brink of bankruptcy and wondering where her daughters will get their education this fall.

Gina Breitenfeld is being sued by the Clayton School District for more than $24,000 in unpaid tuition. She says that the financial toll of the case, plus unpleasant comments about the transfers made within earshot of her daughters, prompted her to pull them out of the Clayton schools toward the end of the just completed school year.

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News Quiz
9:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

News Quiz for June 13, 2014

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Transfer Ruling Anniversary
9:11 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil

Credit Flickr

One year ago Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court threw the lives of thousands of students, teachers, parents and school administrators into a turmoil that shows no signs of stopping.

By unanimously overturning a lower court ruling and allowing students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools, the court enforced a 20-year-old law in a way that no one had foreseen would ever happen.

As a result:

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