Commentaries

During Morning Edition and All Things Considered, or on Cityscape

Commentaries are opinion pieces provided by a wide variety of individuals in the St. Louis region. They are not necessarily the opinion of St. Louis Public Radio, but are intended to reflect diverse viewpoints on issues affecting our region. To submit a commentary or proposal, email commentaries@stlpublicradio.org.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts

Commentator Tom Schlafly

In Missouri, as in most states, public schools are administered by local school boards.  The boundaries of school districts are drawn in accordance with state law. Schools are funded primarily through local property taxes. Districts with higher per capita incomes tend to have better schools.  The districts most in danger of losing their accreditation tend to be those with lower per capita incomes.

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Commentary
6:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Art Of Print Making

Nancy Kranzberg

When giving tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum, people often ask about prints and want to know if they are as important as paintings and I explain that they are another medium of the visual arts. People often are confused and think that prints are just copies of paintings and I have to clarify the issue and explain what a print actually is and that luminaries such as Rembrandt, Max Beckmann, Helen Frankenthaller, and Jasper Johns were painters as well as printmakers.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Commentary: The Real Cost Of The School Transfer Program

Commentator D.J. Wilson
(Courtesy of D.J. Wilson)

Cost is factor no matter what you are buying – a six-pack of beer, a pair of jeans, a house, or for a state government, a public education for school-age children.

 Much has been said about the cost of the region’s current inter-district student transfer program. Much of what has been said about that cost has been incomplete, or ill informed.  

The one price tag that’s been floated is $35 million. Let’s break that down. 

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Commentary
9:16 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Commentary: The Circus Arts Thrive In St. Louis

Circus Flora at Night
Courtesy Circus Flora

The modern definition of a circus is based on the ancient word referring to the actual performance area, a circle of sorts, in which gladiatorial events, chariot races, etc. took place.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve

Michael Allen.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

Listeners following the city’s ongoing renaissance may have heard of a project named Midtown Station, a giant commercial center proposed for Vandeventer and Forest Park. This could be a dreadful retail strip or a game-changing development. The way it gets built matters a lot.

 

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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 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Saint Louis Art Museum's Expansion Aids City's Standing As A Cultural Center

The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (north facade).
Credit (Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by Jacob Sharp)

The East Building of The Saint Louis Art Museum, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, world class architect, has been open for only a month and the crowds are still overwhelming the staff, volunteers ,and particularly the docents who have been training harder than ever to give exciting and informative tours of not only the new building, but the beautiful reinstalled galleries of the Cass Gilbert West Building.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Supporting Families And Strengthening Public Education, We Can Do Both

Chris Krehmeyer.
Courtesy of Beyond Housing

The recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling in Brietenbart v. Clayton and the subsequent events shine a light on a difficult proposition: How do we support families wanting the best education possible for their children and help struggling school districts get better?  The case was brought by families in the then unaccredited City of St. Louis Schools wanting to send their children to the affluent, successful Clayton School District.  They argued that their unaccredited district was not giving their children the education they deserved and worth what the family was paying in taxes.

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Commentary
8:59 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Role Of Money In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Money talks, and a new book was just written by Travis Brown entitled, Money Walks. Money is the root of all evil, etc., etc. etc.

I recently attended a few of the second annual St. Louis Humanities Festival offerings. The theme this year was "Money" and the subtitle was, "Need,  Greed, and Generosity."

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