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.
I recently saw a picture of Joe Edwards of the U. City Loop fame shaking the hand of Ntozake Shange after her star had been installed in the University City Walk of Fame.
Shange is of course best known for her choreopoem,"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide,When the Rainbow is Enuf."
I started thinking of the multitude of artists in all artistic fields who have come out of our culturally rich region and made it on a national level. Many are deceased, many are still working, and many are up and coming and will probably go all the way to the top.