school transfers

Politically Speaking
10:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Stream On Possible School Transfer Changes, Medicaid's Expectations

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Education
7:41 am
Tue November 12, 2013

McNichols Lays Out Plan To Earn Back State Accreditation For Normandy

Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols presents his plan to earn back state accreditation for the district on Monday, Nov. 11.

Dianitia Butler has been in the Normandy School District her entire life.

The senior at Normandy High School is quick to tell you that it’s been a rough year, and she’s especially frustrated by staff reductions brought on by expenses associated with school transfer.

Despite the challenges, she’ll also tell you that school spirit is alive and well. 

“It’s definitely students coming together as one,” Butler said, who is also the student representative for the school board.   “Seeing that we’re all in this together.”

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Education
8:42 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Is St. Louis' School Transfer Program 'A Mess?'

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:11 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We are in St. Louis, Missouri today for a special broadcast from St. Louis Public Radio. We're going to be giving you a bit of St. Louis flavor. In a few minutes, we will talk about one of the city's biggest bragging rights. Hint, it has nothing to do with swinging a bat or throwing a ball.

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Education
8:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Panel Talks Accreditation Process Overhaul, School Transfers

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Many state officials have been receptive to a fresh proposal to overhaul the state’s school accreditation system, but the plan would take years to implement and won’t help the districts facing bankruptcy over student transfer and tuition costs.

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School Transfers
4:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

School Transfers: Lessons From St. Louis' Past

Lisa Thompson, at left, as a senior in high school, and, at right, today. Thompson transferred to the Parkway School District from a St. Louis parochial school as an eighth grader in the mid-1980s.
(Courtesy Lisa Thompson/Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

This fall more than 2,500 students climbed on board buses and into taxis leaving the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens Districts for accredited districts in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

The migration began after a ruling this June by the Missouri Supreme Court, which upheld a controversial state law.

It just so happens that the two unaccredited districts are predominantly African-American, and the districts chosen to receive them are largely white.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports that’s drawn some comparisons to an earlier time.

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Education
6:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears KC-Area Lawsuit Challenging Student Transfer Law

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The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that's delaying the implementation of the state's student transfer law in the Kansas City area.

A lower court ruling declared the transfer law to be an unfunded mandate for school districts in Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City, but not for Blue Springs and Raytown.  Attorney Duane Martin argued Blue Springs' position before the High Court, saying the transfer law would be an unfunded mandate for them as well.

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Education
11:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Education Leader Says Student Transfer Law Will Financially Cripple Unaccredited Schools

The Joint Committee on Education meets at the Mo. Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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School Transfers
11:29 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Mo. State Senate, House Members Will Listen To Testimony On School Transfers

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Lawmakers from both the Missouri state Senate and House will meet on Tuesday to collect ideas on how to deal with the school transfer process.

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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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Scott Spurgeon
6:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

New Superintendents Pushing Through Challenges: In Riverview Gardens, Scott Spurgeon

Scott Spurgeon listens to story time at Moline Elementary School.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Yesterday, we profiled the new superintendent at the Normandy schools.

Now, we introduce you to the man who finds himself in the same position at another struggling school district- Riverview Gardens. 

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