Education

Truancy Court
5:27 am
Thu May 22, 2014

St. Charles Launches Push To Get Students In Class

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Educators and politicians in St. Charles say they have a plan in place to reduce the number of chronically absent students in the city’s school district. 

Starting next year, the district will implement a truancy court, a program designed to get families the resources they need to keep students in school as often as possible.

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Inter-District Transfers
5:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close

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

 It’s just after 7 a.m., and SheRon Chaney already has her family packed into an SUV and ready for school.

“On a good day like today, I’m hoping it only takes about 35 minutes,” she said.

Leave just a touch later and they could be stuck in traffic for more than an hour. It’s a quirk of St. Louis' commuter culture that Chaney picked up when she decided to transfer her seventh-grade daughter, BrenNae, out of the Normandy School District in favor of Maplewood Richmond Heights.

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Normandy Lawsuit
5:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Normandy Files Suit Challenging State Transfer Law

The Normandy school district has filed suit against the state in a challenge to the transfer law.
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One day after the Missouri Board of Education voted to replace the Normandy school district with a new, state-controlled entity, Normandy filed suit challenging the law that lets students transfer from unaccredited districts.

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Will the governor veto?
10:33 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Commentary: Student Transfer Legislation Is A Study In Chaos

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Recent national data indicate that schools are becoming resegregated and African Americans are less likely to be in integrated schools. That is why the continuation of the recent student transfer plan is so important.

The Missouri Legislature just passed a new complex, comprehensive student transfer bill, which unfortunately has so many flaws that it is likely to be vetoed by the governor. Should that be the case, the current transfer program for students from Normandy and Riverview Gardens will remain in existence until a reasonable alternative becomes law.

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Normandy Recommendations
1:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization

The Normandy School District will cease to exist on July 1 and will be replaced by a new identity. Questions remain on what this will mean for transfer students, teacher and administrators, and board members.
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(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.

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SB 439
5:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Nixon Promises Speedy Review Of School Transfer Bill

Gov. Jay Nixon signaled he may vetoed legislation that would reconfigure the state's school transfer law.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon once again signaled that he might strike down school transfer legislation that passed out of the General Assembly last week. 

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School Legislation
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Two Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Missouri Students – If They Become Law

The student transfer bill that just passed the legislature would not require unaccredited districts to pay for transportation for students who wish to transfer.
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Updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday with clarification on tuition rates, link to final bill text.

Two bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this week would have a significant impact on how and what students in the state are taught – if the legislation escapes a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

And that doesn’t include the financial impact the governor says will occur because of the tax-cut bill that the House and Senate passed into law over his veto earlier this month.

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American Graduate
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Special Project: As Dramatic School Year Ends, New Choices For Students May Be Coming

St. Louis Public Radio and the Nine Network of Public Media have collaborated on a weeklong series of reports on education.
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A tumultuous school year in Missouri is about to end, and a new era in school choice could be about to begin.

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St. Louis Schoools
12:17 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers'

AFT St. Louis President Mary Armstrong speaks at a rally in front of City Hall on Saturday.
Credit Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

On the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision Saturday, a small group rallied in front of City Hall to call on elected officials to improve St. Louis’ schools.

The students, parents, members of Metropolitan Congregations United and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis want schools turned into “community learning centers.” 

St. Louis Public Schools teachers’ union president Mary Armstrong says she would like these “centers” to focus more on learning and less on student testing.

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Normandy Recommendations
5:29 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Normandy Task Force Recommends New Name, New Structure In Current Boundaries

The task force to make recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District has released its report.
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A task force set up to make recommendations for the future of the unaccredited Normandy School District says a new structure with a new name, within the current boundaries of the district, should be set up. It would report directly to the state board of education.

The Normandy School District was classified as unaccredited as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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