Classes begin Monday in the St. Louis Public School District.
But four new charter schools also will be opening their doors.
Charters receive public funding but have more freedom with their budgets, staff, and curriculum than traditional public schools.
Many parents in St. Louis welcome the charter alternative and more than a quarter of the city’s students attend charter schools.
As part of a two-part series on charters, St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman looks at how that trend is affecting the city’s public school district.
St. Louis will have four new charter schools when school begins in a few weeks.
The mayor was on hand when the latest school, Better Learning Communities Academy, announced Wednesday it’s enrolling students.
Mayor Francis Slay has endorsed all four of the charters opening this year.
At the same time he says some of the St. Louis Public Schools are working.
Missouri’s top K-12 education official is giving lawmakers mixed grades on the just-completed legislative session.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.