Education

KIPP Expansion
9:47 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds

Tiara Abu outside the former Mitchell School
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

The charter school operator is opening a new location for kindergarten and first grade in north St. Louis this fall and plans to have six schools in St. Louis five years from now.

On her cell phone, Tiara Abu has a short video showing her and 5-year-old Jawon, sitting on his bed, giving a cheer and doing their best version of jazz hands.

What was the occasion?

“He had just counted to 100 for me,” explained Abu, adding: I hadn’t asked him to.”

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Semester Online
1:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Online College Course Consortium Collapses

Washington University announced it was dropping out of Semester Online.
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

After failing to make the grade with professors at Washington University, Semester Online is going offline for good.

The consortium was designed to let students at Washington U. and other schools in the group — universities such as Emory, Northwestern and Notre Dame — take online courses in areas that their home school does not offer. It began this school year, and the universities and Semester Online’s parent company, 2U, had high hopes that it could be a pioneer for online learning.

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School Board Election
10:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a school board that may not exist after the end of this school year. Pictured is a rally for Normandy earlier this school year.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

School board elections often prompt little more than a ripple of public interest, but they are stirring up quite a bit more in at least two north St. Louis County districts this spring.

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a board that may not even exist after the end of this school year. In Ferguson-Florissant, two incumbents are facing a slate that was moved to join the field after Superintendent Art McCoy was placed on administrative leave, plus other candidates who entered the race as well. McCoy has since resigned his post.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Discussion: What Are The Characteristics Of A Good School Board Member?

Normany School District is one of several districts in the region that is holding school board member elections April 8.
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On Tuesday, April 8, voters will take to the polls to elect board members for their local school districts. April elections, with their focus on local issues such as schools and municipalities, traditionally have a low turnout. However, the results of these elections have a big impact on people’s day-to-day lives, including the policies implemented in their children’s schools.

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Normandy future
10:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Normandy Not Bankrupt Now, But Its Future Remains Cloudy

Ron Lankford
Credit DESE website

The Normandy School District isn’t going broke at the beginning of April, as some education officials had forecast in recent months. But that doesn’t mean that the district’s future is secure.

At Monday night’s meeting of the state task force formed to recommend the future direction of the district, officials from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said that Normandy’s future depends in large part on what bills the General Assembly may pass before it adjourns in mid-May.

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Education
10:51 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Education Rundown: Creationism, Coding And Classrooms That Are Imploding

Scott Spurgeon, the superintendent of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, is hoping to boost the district into the ranks of the accredited.
Credit (Kimberly Ney/Riverview Gardens School District)

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better.

Improve or implode?

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Education
2:24 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Prospect Of Nonprofits Running Low-Performing St. Louis Public Schools Continues To Draw Criticism

Mary Armstrong, president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, voices opposition to nonprofits running low-performing schools.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Sat., March 29, at 2:09 p.m.

A proposal to bring in nonprofits to run low-performing St. Louis City schools continued to draw criticism during a public hearing at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Saturday.

With comments similar to those made at a forum on Thursday night, members of the elected school board reiterated their opposition to the idea.  

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Normandy task force
9:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Normandy Is Gaining Public Support, Task Force Is Told

The Normandy transition team is expected to make its recommendations by the middle of May.
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Residents of the 24 communities that make up the Normandy School District are rallying behind the schools as their fate is being decided in Jefferson City, a task force studying the district’s future was told Thursday.

Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of the group Beyond Housing, said that just as its 24:1 initiative has helped revitalize the area in general, with more options for basic services such as banking and groceries, it also has generated more support for the schools.

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Improving schools
4:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: First in Booze, First In Shoes, Last In Education

Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

Statistic after statistic, ranking after ranking shows American students lagging behind their counterparts across the globe. Missouri’s schools are no exception. Missouri is a perfect example of our country’s diseased public education system. Three districts are currently unaccredited by the state — Kansas City, Riverview Gardens and Normandy — and the St. Louis Public School  system is on the brink, sitting in “provisional accreditation” purgatory.

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Normandy finances
3:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools

The Normandy transition task force to plan for Normandy’s future will be holding several meetings in the coming weeks.
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As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.

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