desegregation

Cityscape
2:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Shakespeare In The Streets Finds Inspiration In Desegregation Program

The third annual Shakespeare in the Streets starts Sept. 16.
Credit Shakespeare in the Streets

Each Shakespeare in the Streets production starts the same way: Interviewing people in the community where the play will be performed.

“We never know what play we’re going to adapt; we never know what we’re going to find,” playwright Nancy Bell said. This is the third year for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis program.

“We find out why (residents) live there, why they came, why they left and what they want,” director Alec Wild said. This year, those interviews led to Clayton High School.

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Brown sisters
10:51 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Plaintiffs In School Desegregation Suit Say Goals Remain Elusive After 60 Years

Cheryl Brown Henderson
Credit Provided by SLU Law School

Nearly 60 years after school segregation was outlawed, two members of the family most associated with the case say that the St. Louis area student transfers show that the true goals of the Supreme Court's ruling remain unfulfilled.

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose Topeka, Kan., family was the lead plaintiff in the landmark 1954 ruling, told an audience at Saint Louis University law school Friday that their case was more about equality of resources and opportunity than simply letting black and white students sit together.

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School Transfers
4:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

School Transfers: Lessons From St. Louis' Past

Lisa Thompson, at left, as a senior in high school, and, at right, today. Thompson transferred to the Parkway School District from a St. Louis parochial school as an eighth grader in the mid-1980s.
(Courtesy Lisa Thompson/Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

This fall more than 2,500 students climbed on board buses and into taxis leaving the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens Districts for accredited districts in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

The migration began after a ruling this June by the Missouri Supreme Court, which upheld a controversial state law.

It just so happens that the two unaccredited districts are predominantly African-American, and the districts chosen to receive them are largely white.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports that’s drawn some comparisons to an earlier time.

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Voluntary Transfer Program
4:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

St. Louis Districts Renew Student Transfer Program

More than a dozen school districts voted Friday to extend the voluntary transfer program in St. Louis.
(Flickr/Cast a Line)

Suburban St. Louis districts will continue to accept black students who transfer from the St. Louis city district through a program that grew out of a desegregation case.

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SLPS debt payments
3:37 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

$96 million settlement helps SLPS clear one hurdle toward reaccreditation

Michael Lidell (L) and attorney William Douthit (C) watch as Supt. Kelvin Adams announces an agreement that allows the SLPS to use $96 million from the settlement of a desegregation lawsuit to pay off debt and fund education initiatives.
(Julie Linder/St. Louis Public Schools)

For the first time in a decade, the St. Louis Public Schools will be debt-free.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams announced today that the district has entered an agreement with the plaintiffs in a 1972 case over the district's segregation policies that frees up $96 million for debt reduction and district operations.

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