Susan Uchitelle

Susan Uchitelle is a consultant for the Voluntary Interdistrict Coordinating Council.
 

Ferguson
11:13 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Commentary: What Will St. Louis Do Now To Combat Racism?

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Once again we in this region are faced with racism and alleged racist actions to be determined by the courts in the month ahead. Sadly this is not new.

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DESE rules
10:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Commentary: What Will The State Do For Normandy Students?

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The St. Louis area has had more than its share of education headlines this past year. St. Louis schools are trying to regain accreditation amid much turmoil. Normandy and Riverview Gardens lost their accreditation. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has taken over the Normandy School District and announced that all teachers must reapply for their jobs. Riverview Gardens is in a holding pattern as it has enough resources to continue school for a while, but uncertainty remains and its academic record is poor.

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Will the governor veto?
10:33 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Commentary: Student Transfer Legislation Is A Study In Chaos

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Recent national data indicate that schools are becoming resegregated and African Americans are less likely to be in integrated schools. That is why the continuation of the recent student transfer plan is so important.

The Missouri Legislature just passed a new complex, comprehensive student transfer bill, which unfortunately has so many flaws that it is likely to be vetoed by the governor. Should that be the case, the current transfer program for students from Normandy and Riverview Gardens will remain in existence until a reasonable alternative becomes law.

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Early Childhood
9:34 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Lags Behind On Pre-School Education

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Over the years, many studies have shown the benefits of pre-school and early childhood education. Recently those studies have been re-analyzed and confirmed to be accurate and correct. Thus, many states -- whether the voters are predominantly Democrat or Republican -- have implemented pre kindergarten and early childhood education programs.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Commentary: Education Standards for All

Commentator Susan Uchitelle
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

I believe that it is vitally important for students to use critical thinking in all of their education courses as it is the essence to successful retention of knowledge since one should systematically work through any problem or challenge presented.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Commentary: St. Louis’ Second Transfer Program

Susan Uchitelle.
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

Because the St. Louis Metropolitan area did such an outstanding job with its first voluntary student transfer program, fortunately or unfortunately they have now been blessed with a second one.  This transfer program however, entails just two suburban school districts, Normandy and Riverview Gardens, both of which are unaccredited. As a result, their students may transfer to another school district in the region.  2640 students have signed up to transfer.     

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Education
9:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Commentary: Sequestration And Our Children

Susan Uchitelle.
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

All of us should be greatly concerned that the continuation of the Sequestration will have an extremely negative impact on the future of our schools and our school age children. It adversely impacts education in many ways
 

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Commentary
5:33 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty

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The St. Louis Post Dispatch recently published an article by Mr. Krehmeyer reporting on the link between poverty and lack of school success. It indicated that with various actions we can do a lot to improve school results in poverty areas. I think that thought has merit. I commend what the author, Chris Krehmeyer, has to say. However in my mind the real issue is “do we really want to erase poverty and do we have the will to truly turn around failing school systems and help children out of poverty?” I ask because I have heard the words so many times.

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