Education

St. Louis Public Schools
2:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

State Board Of Education Extends SAB Control Of St. Louis Public Schools For Two More Years

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said that extending SAB control over the St. Louis Public Schools was the best thing for the students.
Credit DESE website

The state-appointed Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools will maintain oversight of the provisionally accredited district through June 2016. 

The state Board of Education unanimously approved the extension during its meeting today in Jefferson City. The SAB had been set to expire in June of this year. 

Education Commission Chris Nicastro said even though the district has had some academic ups and downs under the SAB’s tenure, keeping it in place would allow officials to gauge whether school improvement efforts are taking root. 

Read more
St. Louis Public Schools
4:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools

Credit alkruse24 / Flickr

Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recommending that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.

Read more
Education
11:17 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Education Rundown: College Bound, If You Can

The iconic columns at the University of Missouri-Columbia -- a fitting icon for a rundown on college education.

Every other week, we like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. This week, college seemed to be on the minds of a lot of reporters.

What if?

Read more
Education
10:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Accounted For: School Dental Clinic In House Springs Gets Students Smiling

Northwest Superintendent Paul Ziegler (left) and dentist Nathan Suter (right) stand in the dental clinic at Valley Middle School
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is part five of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success. One reason students miss school or do poorly in class is health.  For more on the academic effects of chronic absenteeism, watch the video at the bottom of the page.    

Read more
Education
11:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

Credit Adrian Clark / Flckr

This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success. As educators in Missouri  shift their focus from big picture attendance data to individual students, they are looking at how school clinics can help keep kids in school. 

Read more
Education
10:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Voters Back Incumbents in Normandy, Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections

Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

Updated at 8:30 a.m., Wed., April 9.

School board elections brought little change to Normandy and Ferguson-Florissant. In Normandy, three incumbents were facing four challengers for spots on the seven-person board. The winners were current board members Jeanette Pulliam with 19.07 percent and William Humphrey with 16 percent of the vote. A challenger, Gwendolyn Buggs, earned a seat on the board with a little more than 15 percent of the vote.

Read more
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.”

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

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.

Read more

Pages