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High School Walkout
7:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Vashon Students Protest Over Substitute Teachers, Textbooks

Vashon High School freshman Rochelle Mason joined other students in a walk-out over substitute teachers and quality resources.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

About 100 students from St. Louis' Vashon High School walked out of classes Friday morning to demand more full-time teachers and better textbooks.

The students also were upset about certain school policies and the hiring of a new principal.

Vashon has been under scrutiny after it earned only 28 percent of available points on the most recent report card from the state.

Substitute teachers 

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Quality Schools
12:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Louis Schools Make Headway, But Plenty Of Work Remains

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

While plenty of work is left to be done, St. Louis Public Schools has established a foothold in its effort to raise academic performance and reverse decades of sagging enrollment. 

That's the big takeaway from a report by the Chicago based IFF, a nonprofit that released a similar study in 2009 when city leaders were considering the best locations for a wave of charter schools.

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Home Works
3:48 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Roosevelt High Students Aim To Turn Donated Pews Into Learning Opportunities

Roosevelt High School students in St. Louis move pews donated by Temple Israel of Creve Coeur.
Credit Wiley Price/St. Louis American

Kenyun Robinson, 16, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in the St. Louis Public Schools, has a desk and bookshelves at home. But he knows that many students do not, and that is why he was eager to work on a project that the Home Works organization brought to his school on Friday. 

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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.”

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Education
9:25 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Mann And Shenandoah Elementary Schools Will Remain Open

Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, Kelvin Adams, tells the district’s Special Administrative Board (SAB) that the district should renovate and keep open Shenandoah and Mann Elementary School.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Parents and community members concerned about the fate of two south city elementary schools breathed a sigh of a relief on Thursday night.  

The superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, Kelvin Adams, told the Special Administrative Board that the district should renovate and keep open Shenandoah and Mann Elementary Schools.

With no further action needed from the board, the future of the historic schools is now secure. 

Adams’ recommendation was greeted by a chorus of applause from concerned parents who attended the meeting.    

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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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SLPS
10:30 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

SLPS Superintendent Optimistic About Accreditation

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On the heels of improving test scores and other accountability measures that were reported last month, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to grant St. Louis Public Schools provisional accreditation on Oct. 16.  

Even though he is optimistic about the chances that the district will begin to earn back local control as soon as next month, Superintendent Kelvin Adams says that isn’t the only measure of success.

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St. Louis Public Schools
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

SLPS releases first-day attendance numbers

Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

Updated 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13:

St. Louis Public Schools has released its attendance figures for the first day of school:

  • 20,283 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attended classes today
  • According to SLPS, the number shows a 10.25 percent increase over the previous year’s first day attendance of 18,397

Three new schools opened to address the closing of six Imagine charter schools in St. Louis. The new schools had the following first-day attendance numbers:

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Morning round-up
10:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 13, 2012

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Heading into special session, Ill. lawmakers remain divided on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Friday to overhaul he state's pensions, even though Illinois lawmakers are still divided over the best way to do so.

There's an $83 billion gap in what the state has promised its employees they'll get when they retire, and what Illinois actually has in the bank.

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Imagine schools
9:54 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

St. Louis Public Schools outline plan to accommodate Imagine students

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The St. Louis Public Schools have unveiled their plans to cope with a possible influx of students from the shuttered Imagine charter schools.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams says more than 1,200 of Imagine’s 3,500 students have applied to attend St. Louis Public Schools next year. He says if enough parents are interested, the district will open as many as six new buildings that would allow Imagine students to stay together.

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