Education

Unaccredited Districts
9:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting

The Normandy School District is set to lapse on June 30.
Stephanie Zimmerman

With some anger, some defiance and some celebration, the elected board of the Normandy school district held its final meeting Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the district will be replaced by the Normandy Schools Collaborative, to be run by a board whose members have not yet all been appointed. Ty McNichols is set to remain as superintendent, but he and other administrators will be working without contracts.

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DESE rules
10:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Commentary: What Will The State Do For Normandy Students?

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The St. Louis area has had more than its share of education headlines this past year. St. Louis schools are trying to regain accreditation amid much turmoil. Normandy and Riverview Gardens lost their accreditation. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has taken over the Normandy School District and announced that all teachers must reapply for their jobs. Riverview Gardens is in a holding pattern as it has enough resources to continue school for a while, but uncertainty remains and its academic record is poor.

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Unaccredited School Districts
5:31 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon
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As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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Brain Drain
3:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Area Universities Collaborate To Keep International Students In The Region

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab. She'd like to stay in St. Louis after graduation, but is having a hard time finding an employer to sponsor her visa.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis region needs more immigrants to help bolster the economy.

That's the basic premise behind the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the St. Louis region the fastest growing major metro area of foreign-born residents by 2020.  

A key part of the project – which is supported by an A-list of St. Louis city and county officials – is retaining international students. Area universities figure they can pitch in and are gathering at Washington University Tuesday to discuss the best ways for St. Louis to hang on to international students after graduation. 

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Unaccredited Districts
8:43 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Parents Of Normandy Transfer Students Wait To See If Districts Will Follow Francis Howell’s Lead

From left, Andre', Anandra, BrenNae and SheRon Chaney stand on the porch of their family home in Pasadena Park in north St. Louis County.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision —  made during a closed session of its school board — doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.  

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Unaccredited School Districts
11:17 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Normandy Students Can No Longer Transfer To Francis Howell; Normandy Drops Lawsuit

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The Francis Howell School District announced today it will no longer accept transfer students from Normandy.  The district was expecting roughly 350 students who transferred last fall to continue during the coming school year. Last summer, the soon-to-be-dissolved Normandy School District selected Francis Howell as its transportation option for students. 

Because the Normandy Schools Collaborative will have no accreditation status, the Francis Howell district said it is no longer legally obligated to accept transfer students.

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Higher Education
9:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Patching The Leaks In High School To College Pipeline

Southeast Missouri State University student Jazmin Hoey (left) talks with St. Louis Graduates Project Manager Laura Winters (right).
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Yvaunna Brown just graduated from Hazelwood West High School and feels like the future is wide open.

She’s thinking about community college, or maybe the University of Missouri-St. Louis is a better fit. Brown is dead set on one thing, though: becoming the first person in her family to go to college.

“And that’s pretty exciting,” Brown said. “That’s a big deal for me.” 

It’s also daunting. Loads of paper work must be completed and the deadlines will start coming fast.

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Student Transfers
3:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy

The Missouri Board of Education put stricter limits on which students can transfer in the coming school year.
Credit Courtesy Normandy School District

While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question:

Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts?

The Stacey family lives in the Normandy school district, and last summer, Stacey took advantage of the state law that lets students living in unaccredited districts enroll in nearby accredited ones. She enrolled Jonathan in kindergarten in Ritenour.

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Unaccredited Districts
8:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Missouri School Board Limits Normandy Transfers, Appoints Some Members To New Governing Panel

Normandy High School
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JEFFERSON CITY — More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy School District last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.

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Missouri Board Of Education
1:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today

Chris Nicastro
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Updated 2:03 p.m.

Here are three names of new board members, confirmed by St. Louis Public Radio: 

  • Reginald Dickson, Normandy resident/serves on board of Beyond Housing

  • Charles Pearson, retired administrator/resident/Task Force

  • Richard Ryffel, past-president Beyond Housing//Executive Director J.P. Morgan Bank

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