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 task force
5:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.

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News quiz
10:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

News Quiz for Week of March 3, 2014

  Well, how'd you do? Share with your friends to see if they've been keeping up with the news, and be sure to come back next week to try again.

Education
10:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals

Whether the Senate or House version, the legislature is likely to pass sweeping education bill.

With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a sweeping education bill designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for debate in the House.

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Standardized testing
9:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take

The state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically. Education officials acknowledged that getting the same quality of information with fewer tests would be a challenge.
knittymarie Flickr

Can schools cut back sharply on the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning?

The state of Missouri is about to find out.

Missouri's state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically — just a few months after approving a spending request for a testing schedule that would have had third graders taking seven hours of standardized tests each year, and high schoolers taking nine exams in four different subjects.

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Normandy school board
9:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Normandy Pushes For Caps On Tuition For Transfer Students

Ty McNichols
Credit Normandy website

Normandy’s school superintendent says the district’s finances can be helped if lawmakers would cap tuition paid for transfer students at the same amount that districts receive for accepting deseg students going from St. Louis to St. Louis County.

That amount, about $7,200 a year, is less than Normandy has been paying for most of its 1,000 students who transferred to nearby accredited districts at the start of the current school year. Tuition rates range to as high as $20,000, and the payments have put Normandy’s finances at a precarious point.

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Higher education
3:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

McCoy Is Considered For Presidency At Harris-Stowe

Art McCoy, the embattled superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is being considered for president of Harris-Stowe State University.
Ferguson-Florissant website Art McCoy

Art McCoy, who is currently on paid administrative leave from his job as superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is in the running for the position 0f president of Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon has learned.

Asked about his candidacy for the job, McCoy said in an interview he did not want to discuss it while his status in Ferguson-Florissant remains unclear. But he did acknowledge that he had been asked by several people to consider the Harris-Stowe job, and he agreed to join the search pool.

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DESE public meeting
10:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Missouri education officials say their plan that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.

But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.

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Normandy school board
2:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out

Terry Artis
Credit Normandy website

Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey:

Terry Artis, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.

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Brown sisters
10:51 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Plaintiffs In School Desegregation Suit Say Goals Remain Elusive After 60 Years

Cheryl Brown Henderson
Credit Provided by SLU Law School

Nearly 60 years after school segregation was outlawed, two members of the family most associated with the case say that the St. Louis area student transfers show that the true goals of the Supreme Court's ruling remain unfulfilled.

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose Topeka, Kan., family was the lead plaintiff in the landmark 1954 ruling, told an audience at Saint Louis University law school Friday that their case was more about equality of resources and opportunity than simply letting black and white students sit together.

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Normandy reaction
3:22 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Normandy Board Members Don’t Like Losing Financial Control

State education officials announced Tuesday that they are taking control of the finances of the Normandy School District.
Courtesy Normandy School District

Updated at 10:26 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with Nicastro letter.

News that state education officials have taken control of the finances of the Normandy School District was still sinking in Wednesday, but local board members who were willing to comment were clearly unhappy about losing the power of the purse.

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