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.


Michael Brown
4:13 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Sharpton Says Brown Investigation Needs More Transparency

The Rev. Al Sharpton told a crowd gathered at the Old Courthouse, "If you’re angry, throw your arms up. If you want justice, throw your arms up."
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Standing on the steps of the Old Courthouse downtown, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that he didn’t come to St. Louis in the wake of Michael Brown’s death to prompt division but to seek answers.

Until Brown’s family and the larger community have those answers, the civil rights leader told a news conference, it will be hard to achieve the peace and trust that everyone is looking for.

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NAACP Town Hall
9:25 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Crowd Urged To Turn Rage Over Brown's Death Into Productive Change

Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins
Credit Berkeley website

A town hall meeting called by the NAACP in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson was urged Monday evening to channel anger into productive change, but not every member of the overflow crowd seemed ready to leave the community’s rage behind.

For about 90 minutes, speakers at Murchison Tabernacle CME Church at 7629 Natural Bridge Road talked about what some called an “unfolding tragedy,” reminding everyone that the real focus should be on the fatal shooting of Brown by a Ferguson police officer, not the disturbance and looting that followed.

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Student Safety
4:02 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Schools Cope With Ferguson Unrest

As students prepare to return to school, districts in north county are trying to ensure that that return is safe.
Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

Updated 8:44 p.m. with statement from Normandy schools:

As the school year begins around the area, some districts in north St. Louis County are particularly wary following unrest in Ferguson over the weekend.

In Jennings, where students walk to school, the opening of classes Monday was postponed to Tuesday, to ensure student safety.

In a letter to families and staff released early Monday morning, signed by Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, the district said:

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Transfer Lawsuit
12:23 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Answers To Normandy School Questions: Fate Of Transfers Hinges On A Few Words

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

As a St. Louis County circuit judge weighs whether four families who live in Normandy have the right to send their children to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year, Missouri education officials are trying to clarify action they took recently that is central to the case.

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News Quiz
11:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

News Quiz for Aug. 8, 2014

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Student Transfers
5:37 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Normandy Families Blocked From Student Transfers Argue Their Case In Court

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The end of summer is coming for most area students, if it hasn’t already arrived, but the uncertainty over transfers out of Normandy remains.

The attorney for parents suing to allow their students to transfer out of Normandy accused state education officials Wednesday of using “linguistical magic” to change the rules by saying that the new Normandy district is accredited and Missouri’s transfer statute does not apply.

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Missouri School Improvement Plan
4:15 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Jennings Schools Celebrate Leap Toward Full Accreditation

Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:15 p.m. with information about discussion of Kansas City schools:

Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson wasn’t 100 percent sure that her schools had made enough progress to reach full accreditation, but she had a pretty good hunch.

So she went out anyway and had a banner made celebrating what she hoped would be the long-sought results. Then she got the word Monday night from state education officials: Jennings’ preliminary 2014 scores were high enough to be in the full accreditation category.

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Teacher Evaluation
11:18 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

Credit comedy nose | Flickr

(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander said petitions submitted in May by the organization known as Teach Great have been certified and the issue will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot as Amendment 3.

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Normandy Kickoff
4:31 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Normandy Schools Collaborative Holds Pep Rally, Orientation Promising A Brand-New Start

Ty McNichols
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

The new Normandy Schools Collaborative kicked off the new school year Monday by spelling out for teachers and other staff members how its new approach will help it regain accreditation from the state.

Part pep rally to generate excitement, part orientation session to set expectations, the three-hour session at Viking Hall on the Normandy High School campus was designed to show how things will be different now that the state has taken over the district with an appointed board and close oversight.

How was the session received?

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News Quiz
11:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

News Quiz for July 25, 2014

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