Normandy School District

The Normandy Example
10:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Commentary: Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

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What progress can this country point to since the 1954 decision in Brown v Board of Education? It gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement, and that, ironically, has had greater success in parts of society such as housing integration and voting rights than it has in education. Today we still have separate and unequal schools -- not by legal mandate but by other de facto conditions in our neighborhoods. The trials and tribulations in the Normandy schools this past year have helped illuminate the stark contrasts in our public education system.

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Transfer Ruling Anniversary
9:11 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil

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One year ago Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court threw the lives of thousands of students, teachers, parents and school administrators into a turmoil that shows no signs of stopping.

By unanimously overturning a lower court ruling and allowing students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools, the court enforced a 20-year-old law in a way that no one had foreseen would ever happen.

As a result:

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Normandy Teachers
8:55 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Wholesale Hiring Could Begin Soon In Normandy

Brittany Packnett
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Let’s say you’ve been a teacher in the Normandy school district for a while and are wondering what’s going to happen to your job when the new state-run Normandy Schools Collaborative takes over on July 1.

If you’re still interested in teaching in the district, here is what Superintendent Ty McNichols had to say in a letter sent out to staff member last week:

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Normandy School District
12:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

State Plan For Normandy Includes Tuition Cap, No New Transfers

Chris Nicastro
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Missouri education officials are going to recommend that under the new Normandy school entity, which takes effect July 1, students who have transferred from that district to nearby accredited districts would still be able to do so, but tuition rates would be capped at about $7,200. No new transfers would be allowed.

Under the state plan, the transportation situation for transfer students would stay the same.

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Summer Learning
5:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Renovated Girls Inc. Center In North County Gives Girls More Opportunities

Mural on the ground floor of the renovated facility.
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Just in time for summer vacation, Girls Inc. of St. Louis unveiled its updated north St. Louis County facility today. The goal is expanding education opportunities for poor girls.

The organization, which serves girls ages 5 to 17, provides both summer and after-school classes in subjects ranging from art to economic literacy. The upgraded 44,000-square-foot facility in Northwoods can serve up to 400 girls.

Carole Basile, the dean of the college of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the programs provided help students stay sharp. 

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School Performance
4:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow

Lynn Beckwith
Credit UMSL website

Lynn Beckwith remembers very well what happened on May 20, 2010, and how it set into motion a scramble to get the Riverview Gardens schools ready for the coming year.

That was the day Beckwith was named to head the three-member special administrative board that is running the unaccredited north St. Louis County school district.

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Normandy School District
2:44 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Elected Board Members Criticize State Takeover

Normandy High School.
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Updated 2:23 p.m. Friday with DESE response on payment of tuition

Members of the elected Normandy school board may soon be out of a job, but they made clear Thursday night they don’t plan to go quietly.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Discussion: The Broader Implications Of Changes In Normandy Schools

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The Normandy School District is undergoing a series of changes that have broad implications for education throughout the St. Louis region.

Thursday on St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh led a wide-ranging discussion about what those changes mean for the future of education in St. Louis. The conversation began with St. Louis Public Radio education reporters Dale Singer and Tim Lloyd.

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Education
5:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

As It Walks Uncertain Path, Normandy Graduates Seniors

From left, graduates Tremarin Crawford, Tykeria Cunningham, Dajuan Drake make their way toward Viking Hall at Normandy High School.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Wendy McGregor had all the glow of a mother watching her oldest daughter earn a high school diploma.   

“I am the mother of Tasha McGregor,” she said.  “Yes, Yes, Yes! We did it!”

Despite an unclear future, the tone at what is likely to be the unaccredited Normandy School District’s final graduation under its current structure was one of pride and perseverance.

“Right now we’re just trying to focus on them,” McGregor said.  “Even though it could be Normandy something else, we’re all still Normandy strong.”  

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Normandy Lawsuit
4:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Won’t OK Expenses For Normandy Lawsuit

The Normandy School District is scheduled to go out of business on July 1, to be replaced by a new entity.
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Missouri education officials, who control the finances of the Normandy school district, say they won’t pay the costs of a lawsuit that asks the courts to take another look at the student transfer case.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, wants a reconsideration of two issues the Missouri Supreme Court rejected in its unanimous decision last year that set in motion the student transfers: unfunded mandates and the impossibility to comply with the transfer law.

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