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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Hollow Victory
9:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

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

Gina Breitenfeld
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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

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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

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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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Normandy Teachers
8:55 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Wholesale Hiring Could Begin Soon In Normandy

Brittany Packnett
Credit Teach for America

Let’s say you’ve been a teacher in the Normandy school district for a while and are wondering what’s going to happen to your job when the new state-run Normandy Schools Collaborative takes over on July 1.

If you’re still interested in teaching in the district, here is what Superintendent Ty McNichols had to say in a letter sent out to staff member last week:

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Normandy School District
12:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

State Plan For Normandy Includes Tuition Cap, No New Transfers

Chris Nicastro
Credit / DESE website

Missouri education officials are going to recommend that under the new Normandy school entity, which takes effect July 1, students who have transferred from that district to nearby accredited districts would still be able to do so, but tuition rates would be capped at about $7,200. No new transfers would be allowed.

Under the state plan, the transportation situation for transfer students would stay the same.

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News Quiz
10:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

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Unaccredited School Districts
2:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say

A year after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the student transfer law, unaccredited districts like Normandy are still up in the air about what the fall will bring.
Credit / KWMU Staff

With a veto of the school transfer bill all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on the question of using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools.

But they acknowledged that it won’t be easy coming up with terms that will please Republicans and Democrats, urban, suburban and rural lawmakers — and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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School Performance
4:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow

Lynn Beckwith
Credit UMSL website

Lynn Beckwith remembers very well what happened on May 20, 2010, and how it set into motion a scramble to get the Riverview Gardens schools ready for the coming year.

That was the day Beckwith was named to head the three-member special administrative board that is running the unaccredited north St. Louis County school district.

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Normandy School District
2:44 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Elected Board Members Criticize State Takeover

Normandy High School.
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

Updated 2:23 p.m. Friday with DESE response on payment of tuition

Members of the elected Normandy school board may soon be out of a job, but they made clear Thursday night they don’t plan to go quietly.

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9:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

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