Education

Normandy school board
9:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Normandy Pushes For Caps On Tuition For Transfer Students

Ty McNichols
Credit Normandy website

Normandy’s school superintendent says the district’s finances can be helped if lawmakers would cap tuition paid for transfer students at the same amount that districts receive for accepting deseg students going from St. Louis to St. Louis County.

That amount, about $7,200 a year, is less than Normandy has been paying for most of its 1,000 students who transferred to nearby accredited districts at the start of the current school year. Tuition rates range to as high as $20,000, and the payments have put Normandy’s finances at a precarious point.

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Higher education
3:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

McCoy Is Considered For Presidency At Harris-Stowe

Art McCoy, the embattled superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is being considered for president of Harris-Stowe State University.
Ferguson-Florissant website Art McCoy

Art McCoy, who is currently on paid administrative leave from his job as superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is in the running for the position 0f president of Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon has learned.

Asked about his candidacy for the job, McCoy said in an interview he did not want to discuss it while his status in Ferguson-Florissant remains unclear. But he did acknowledge that he had been asked by several people to consider the Harris-Stowe job, and he agreed to join the search pool.

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DESE public meeting
10:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Missouri education officials say their plan that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.

But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.

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Normandy school board
2:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out

Terry Artis
Credit Normandy website

Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey:

Terry Artis, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.

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STEM Education
6:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Local Middle School Team Heads to National Science Bowl

Students from Sperreng Middle School in the Lindbergh School District will advance to the National Science Bowl after winning the Missouri regional competition Saturday.

The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of high school and middle school students to compete in answering fast-paced questions in physics, math, biology and more. Team coach Julie Roy said this will be the second year Sperreng is heading to nationals in the two years Missouri has opened its regional competition for middle school students.

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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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Commentary
10:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Key Questions In The Debate Over Schools

Credit Bubbles | sxc.hu

While St. Louisans celebrated our past this week, the news held hints of our future.  Most significant was a proposal from state education officials to revamp how they deal with troubled districts.

Long term, the proposal would allow state officials to intervene early and with a range of approaches. Short term, the state board took financial control of the Normandy schools – a move that caught district officials by surprise.

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Education
1:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Schweich Issues SLPS Audit Follow Up, Encouraged By Progress

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich presents the follow-up report to a state audit of St. Louis Public Schools on Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

St. Louis Public Schools is working toward or has already put in place a string of recommendations laid out in a state audit issued in September last year.

That’s the big takeaway from a follow-up report released today from the Missouri Auditor’s Office.  

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Normandy reaction
3:22 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Normandy Board Members Don’t Like Losing Financial Control

State education officials announced Tuesday that they are taking control of the finances of the Normandy School District.
Courtesy Normandy School District

Updated at 10:26 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with Nicastro letter.

News that state education officials have taken control of the finances of the Normandy School District was still sinking in Wednesday, but local board members who were willing to comment were clearly unhappy about losing the power of the purse.

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Washington U. provost
10:36 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Washington U. Provost Likes Being 'Mr. Inside'

Holden Thorp
Credit Washington University website

Seated in his office on the second floor of Brookings Hall on the eastern edge of the Washington University campus, Provost Holden Thorp has a pretty good metaphor for what his job entails compared with that of university Chancellor Mark Wrighton.

“You can see the chancellor’s office is across the hall,” Thorp said in a recent interview. “His office faces the park and the Arch and downtown. My office is on this side and faces out to the old quad.

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