education

School Transfers
7:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Education Officials Tell Lawmakers Their Concerns About School Transfer Process

The Missouri State House of Representatives Interim Committee listens to the concerns of education officials.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

On Monday the Missouri State House of Representatives Interim Committee on Education kicked off a listening tour geared toward collecting feedback on issues facing schools around the state.

Even though several topics were listed on the agenda, the school transfer process was a big part of the discussion.

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Crime
6:13 am
Sun September 22, 2013

St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Agencies Will Gather For Cyberbullying Workshop

(via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

Law enforcement representatives from more than 25 St. Louis area police departments will gather this Wednesday for a workshop on cyberbullying. 

Tina Meier, whose 13-year-old daughter, Megan, committed suicide in 2006 after being the victim of cyberbullying will lead the workshop. She says the event is unique because in addition to discussing the impact cyberbullying can have on children; as a training exercise officers will also be reinvestigating cases using laws that were passed after her daughter’s death.

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Tyrone McNichols
6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Superintendents Pushing Through Challenges: In Normandy, Tyrone McNichols

Superintendent Tyrone McNichols reads to kindergarten students at Barack Obama Elementary School. The teacher, Ms. Deidre Sealey, participates in the activity
Courtesy Normandy School District

Now that the school transfer process is in full swing, we’re taking a look at the new superintendents who are hustling to earn back state accreditation for their school districts.

Both men have only been on the job for a few months, and facing long odds, they’re reaching out the community to help get their schools back on track.

This two part report starts on the first day of school in the parking lot of Normandy High School. 

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Education
10:22 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Missouri Board Recommends $6.8 Million For Normandy Schools

(via Flickr/evmaiden)

Missouri education officials are seeking an additional $6.8 million to help Normandy school district.

The State Board of Education approved the budget request on Tuesday. That's the first step in a process that ultimately requires the support of the governor and Legislature to become a reality.

Students started transferring out of the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts this year under a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay the costs for students who want to attend other public schools.

St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Improving Education Improves St. Louis: Connecting Individual Student Outcomes To The Success Of All

Courtesy Normandy School District

Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts are unaccredited. St. Louis Public Schools is only provisionally accredited. 

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Tax Cuts
5:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Educators Make Final Push Against Tax Cut Bill

Amy Blouain stands at podium with supporters of the veto in the background.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

A group of educators criticized a tax cut bill today that could severely hinder schools in Missouri. They maintained that the bill, which Governor Jay Nixon vetoed in June, would cut revenue for the state by $800 million and result in reduced funding for education.

The superintendents from the Northwest, Washington and Hazelwood School Districts argued that the bill would have detrimental effects on their districts. Hazelwood superintendent Grayling Tobias said the bill could cause budget cuts for equipment and extracurricular activities, larger class sizes and fewer teachers.

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St. Louis Public Schools
11:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools

comedy_nose Flickr

Updated 1:20 p.m.

The Missouri state auditor gave the St. Louis Public Schools a “fair” rating in an audit of the district released Wednesday.

Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, said the district was not initially cooperative with his office.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams, who also attended Wednesday’s press conference, said the audit got off to a “rocky” start because the district did not initially believe Schweich had the authority to do the performance audit.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Commentary: St. Louis’ Second Transfer Program

Susan Uchitelle.
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

Because the St. Louis Metropolitan area did such an outstanding job with its first voluntary student transfer program, fortunately or unfortunately they have now been blessed with a second one.  This transfer program however, entails just two suburban school districts, Normandy and Riverview Gardens, both of which are unaccredited. As a result, their students may transfer to another school district in the region.  2640 students have signed up to transfer.     

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Education
3:26 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

As New School Year Begins, St. Louis Officials Push For High Attendance

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, at podium, stands with Mayor Francis Slay as he speaks on the importance of regular school attendance.
Credit Erin Williams

In a press conference held at St. Louis City Hall today, Mayor Slay was joined by school and court officials to speak about the importance of regular school attendance before the first day on Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams says that while attendance has increased, it is estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 students don’t attend on the first day of school.  

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Education
6:18 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Riverview Gardens Will Cover Transportation Costs For Students Who Transfer To Mehlville

Credit knittymarie / Flickr

This fall the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District in north St. Louis County will cover transportation costs for students who transfer to the accredited Mehlville School District, which is about 20 miles away.  

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