St. Louis Public Schools teacher Alice Lee speaks against possible layoffs of her and other library media specialists in the district. Superintendent Kelvin Adams delayed presenting the budget to have more discussion with the teacher's union.
Saying the process of collaboration is not what it should have been, St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams delayed tonight presenting his budget for the 2011-2012 school year.
The budget is likely to include layoffs and the closure of as many as three schools. Letters have already gone out to the parents at Bunche and Stevens middle schools, and Kottmeyer Big Picture High School, and library and media specialists from the district were out in force to protest the possibility that some of them may lose their jobs.
Three new charter schools will open to St. Louis City residents in August.
Jamaa Learning Center will serve kindergarten through eighth grade, Preclarus Mastery Academy will enroll grades 5-to-12 and South City Prep for grades 5-to-12 will offer a year-round academic calendar.
Mayor Francis Slay announced the new charter schools this morning and said education is the number one issue in the City of St. Louis.