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 Lawsuit
4:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Won’t OK Expenses For Normandy Lawsuit

The Normandy School District is scheduled to go out of business on July 1, to be replaced by a new entity.
Credit (via Flickr/comedy_nose)

Missouri education officials, who control the finances of the Normandy school district, say they won’t pay the costs of a lawsuit that asks the courts to take another look at the student transfer case.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, wants a reconsideration of two issues the Missouri Supreme Court rejected in its unanimous decision last year that set in motion the student transfers: unfunded mandates and the impossibility to comply with the transfer law.

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Normandy Lawsuit
5:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Normandy Files Suit Challenging State Transfer Law

The Normandy school district has filed suit against the state in a challenge to the transfer law.
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

One day after the Missouri Board of Education voted to replace the Normandy school district with a new, state-controlled entity, Normandy filed suit challenging the law that lets students transfer from unaccredited districts.

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Normandy Recommendations
1:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization

The Normandy School District will cease to exist on July 1 and will be replaced by a new identity. Questions remain on what this will mean for transfer students, teacher and administrators, and board members.
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(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.

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School Legislation
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Two Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Missouri Students – If They Become Law

The student transfer bill that just passed the legislature would not require unaccredited districts to pay for transportation for students who wish to transfer.
Credit Flickr

Updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday with clarification on tuition rates, link to final bill text.

Two bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this week would have a significant impact on how and what students in the state are taught – if the legislation escapes a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

And that doesn’t include the financial impact the governor says will occur because of the tax-cut bill that the House and Senate passed into law over his veto earlier this month.

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American Graduate
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Special Project: As Dramatic School Year Ends, New Choices For Students May Be Coming

St. Louis Public Radio and the Nine Network of Public Media have collaborated on a weeklong series of reports on education.
Credit knittymarie / Flickr

A tumultuous school year in Missouri is about to end, and a new era in school choice could be about to begin.

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Normandy Recommendations
5:29 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Normandy Task Force Recommends New Name, New Structure In Current Boundaries

The task force to make recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District has released its report.
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A task force set up to make recommendations for the future of the unaccredited Normandy School District says a new structure with a new name, within the current boundaries of the district, should be set up. It would report directly to the state board of education.

The Normandy School District was classified as unaccredited as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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News Quiz
9:43 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

News Quiz for May 16, 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.

Student Transfers
4:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Transfer Bill Revives Ill Will Between Nixon, Some Black Politicians

Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Credit Missouri Senate

A long-simmering feud between Gov. Jay Nixon and some black politicians, going back to his days as Missouri’s attorney general, flared up again in Jefferson City this week, fanned by the debate over school transfer legislation.

But not all African-American officials are taking sides against the governor. Some, especially in the state House, are urging Nixon to veto the student transfer bill, because they consider its changes in the transfer law harmful to black students.

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Education
7:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Hones Ideas, Lawmakers Grapple With Transfer Issue

Carole Basile
Credit UMSL website

A task force charged with making recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District finished meeting Monday and plans to send its report to state education officials later this week.

Carole Basile, dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said she plans to take the discussions from the task force over the past several weeks and draw up a list of recommendations that she will submit to Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

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Kirkwood
9:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Racial Taunt Against 12-Year-Old Girl Stirs Concern In Kirkwood

Antona and Kiden Smith
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

When Antona Smith saw her 12-year-old daughter, Kiden, walk into Kaldi’s in Kirkwood one afternoon last month, she knew right away that something was wrong.

“She got to me, and I held her,” Smith said in a recent interview at the Kirkwood Public Library. “She was quivering, but she couldn’t tell me at first. So all I could do was hold on to her and ask her what’s wrong, did something happen to you?

“And she was shaking her head yes, something did happen, someone did something to her, but she wasn’t ready to say it yet.”

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