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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.

(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. 

St. Louis Grown Artists

Jan 4, 2013
Photo by Peter Monsanto via Flickr / Hip-Hop Theater

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.

(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s decision to resign from the House of Representatives is disappointing for two reasons.