Peter Herschend

Education
9:17 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Nicastro Faces Growing Criticism But Earns Vote Of Confidence

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Despite a growing chorus for Chris Nicastro to leave her post as Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, the head of the state’s school board gave her a vote of confidence Monday and defended the selection of a consultant currently looking into the Kansas City schools.

Nicastro has come under fire in recent weeks, first for her consultation with an education advocacy group on its initiative petition that included changes in teacher tenure, then from a Kansas City Star story on Sunday.

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St. Louis Public Schools
12:01 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

St. Louis Public Schools Get Provisional Accreditation After Unanimous Board Vote

Mo. State Board of Education members on Oct. 16th, 2012, listen to a presentation on the St. Louis City School District before voting to restore provisional accreditation.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:57 p.m. with comments from DESE's Margie Vandeven; Peter Herschend, State Board of Education President; and Chris Nicastro, Mo. Education Commissioner.


St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education. The struggling district, which has been under state control for five years, will now have provisional, but not full, accreditation.

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St. Louis schools
5:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

St. Louis Public Schools Could Regain Provisional Accreditation Tuesday

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St. Louis public schools will find out tomorrow if they’ll regain at least provisional accreditation from the State Board of Education.

St. Louis schools lost their accreditation five years ago and were soon after placed under state control, but they have improved over the past two years.  In 2010 they only met 3 out of 14 performance standards, with six being the minimum require for provisional accreditation.  Last year they met the minimum six, and this year they’ve met seven performance standards.  State Board Member Peter Herschend (R) says, though, there’s no guarantee the vote will go St. Louis’s way.

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Education
11:31 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Normandy School District loses accreditation

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously to strip the accreditation from another St. Louis-area school district.


Normandy schools had been under provisional accreditation for the past year, but had been “on thin ice,” in the words of State Board Member Peter Herschend (R, Branson).  He says the district has again failed to meet the minimum nine out of 14 performance standards required for accreditation.


“If you look at the academic results in all of the core content areas, save one, they are at the bottom end of attainment," Herschend said.  "Do I think that’s significant?  You’re damn right I think that’s significant!”

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Education / Normandy
3:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

State Board: Normandy School District accreditation to keep provisional status, for now

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The State Board of Education has voted unanimously to keep the Normandy School District in St. Louis County provisionally accredited.

Normandy may retain that status for up to a year -- however, the State Board could also choose to revoke the provisional accreditation entirely at any time during the next year.  State Board Member Peter Herschend says Normandy schools are improving, but not enough to warrant full accreditation.

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