school transfers

Tyrone McNichols
6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Superintendents Pushing Through Challenges: In Normandy, Tyrone McNichols

Superintendent Tyrone McNichols reads to kindergarten students at Barack Obama Elementary School. The teacher, Ms. Deidre Sealey, participates in the activity
Courtesy Normandy School District

Now that the school transfer process is in full swing, we’re taking a look at the new superintendents who are hustling to earn back state accreditation for their school districts.

Both men have only been on the job for a few months, and facing long odds, they’re reaching out the community to help get their schools back on track.

This two part report starts on the first day of school in the parking lot of Normandy High School. 

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Education
10:22 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Missouri Board Recommends $6.8 Million For Normandy Schools

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Missouri education officials are seeking an additional $6.8 million to help Normandy school district.

The State Board of Education approved the budget request on Tuesday. That's the first step in a process that ultimately requires the support of the governor and Legislature to become a reality.

Students started transferring out of the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts this year under a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay the costs for students who want to attend other public schools.

Education
7:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Mo. State Ed. Board Hears Accreditation Plea From KC; Other Education Requests

Jefferson State Office Building in Jefferson City, home to DESE and the Mo. State Board of Education.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

It was a busy day for the Missouri State Board of Education.

First, the Board heard from Kansas City Public Schools, which is seeking to regain provisional accreditation, citing "rapid improvement."

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Guidelines For School Transfers Revised Following Concerns Over Deadline

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After receiving several questions and concerns over students who missed the Aug. 1 transfer deadline, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary education has released revised guidelines for parents.

Per DESE’s guidelines, if a student missed the Aug. 1 deadline, parents have been instructed to complete the transfer packet in their home district and notify the district they want to transfer to.

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Politically Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More

Sen. Scott Sifton joins the Politically Speaking podcast.
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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Other News
4:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Outside Experts Sought In Fixing Failing Missouri Schools

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The State Board of Education will vote on a plan Tuesday for an outside group to study unaccredited Missouri school districts and develop recommendations for improvement.

The move comes on the heels of some 2,600 children transferring from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school to neighboring districts.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recommending the board vote yes.

DESE Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says failing schools face systematic challenges.

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Other News
11:19 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Normandy Welcomes Students On First Day Of School Amid Optimism, Excitement, Financial Concerns

Parents and alumni waved signs in the Normandy High School parking lot, welcoming back students.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Parents and alumni waved signs in the Normandy High School parking lot, welcoming back students like sophomore Bryce Gales-Smith.

“You can’t walk away when it’s at its worst moment, got to help the school get back on its feet,” Gales-Smith says.  “Get back the accreditation.”

But parent, Marla Smith, worries the district might go broke under the weight of transportation and tuition costs.  

“I think our money should stay right here in our neighborhoods,” Gales-Smith says.

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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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School Transfers
10:52 am
Wed August 14, 2013

FAQ: What You Need To Know About Missouri School Transfers

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Welcome to our guide to the Missouri school transfers situation. This document will be updated as the news changes and we gather more information.

Have more questions? Tweet us at @stlpublicradio or leave it in the comments below.

Last updated 1/07/14

What is this law?

Will the law be changed?

Which districts are involved in the St. Louis region?

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School Transfers
3:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A Mostly Smooth First Day For Transferred Newcomers At Francis Howell Schools

Buses at Hollenbeck Middle School in the Francis Howell School District prepare to take students home after the first day of school.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:45 p.m. with comments from Francis Howell Central principal Sonny Arnel. Updated 5:39 p.m. with comments from parents and students.

Some transportation hiccups aside, the first day in the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles County appears to have gone smoothly.

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