education

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

State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools

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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

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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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Politics
1:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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Education
11:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Education Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

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Updated 5:34 p.m. to include comments from Chris Tennill of  the School District of Clayton

The Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited.

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Features
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Accreditation, Achievement, Outcome - What Dictates A Student's Success?

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School system performance is paramount for any family looking to move and start a family, as it was for Rob and Diane Pattershuk, when they moved to Ladue 20 years ago. 

They made a good choice – the district offers a several extracurricular activities, advanced placement classes, and was ranked as the top school in the state on this year’s Newsweek poll of America’s Best High Schools.

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School Transfers
2:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Supreme Court Says Missouri School Transfer Law Is Constitutional

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Updated 4:38 p.m. & 5:44 p.m.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law that allows students to transfer from unaccredited districts to ones that are accredited.

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Features
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

College Bound: Debate Champ and Valedictorian Headed To Princeton On Full Scholarship

Crockett after her high school graduation. The 17-year-old will attend Princeton University this fall on a full scholarship.
Credit Courtesy of College Bound

The school year may be over, but things are just getting started for 17-year-old Destiny Crockett. She graduated from Clyde C. Miller High School in St. Louis with a 4.1 GPA, finished in the top 16 of the Urban Debate League's national competition last month with her partner Cameron Smith, and will be attending Princeton in the fall on a full scholarship. 

Crockett will be the first graduate from her high school and the College Bound program to attend an Ivy League school.

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Education
8:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Kofi Annan Kicks Off Global Education Conference In St. Louis

Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, speaking in Cannes, France in 2009.
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From climate change to economics, the future of the world is more interconnected than ever.

That was a key theme of Kofi Annan’s speech Tuesday evening that kicked off the Association of International Educators annual convention in St. Louis.  

The former Secretary General of United Nations opened by telling the crowd a story of how as a young exchange student in Minnesota, he learned to accept earmuffs, even though he thought they looked “inelegant” at first.

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