St. Louis Public Schools

Education
10:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Board Approves St. Louis Schools Improvement Plan

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The Special Administrative Board (SAB) overseeing St. Louis Public Schools has approved a school improvement plan intended to serve as a blueprint for earning back full accreditation for the district.  

The plan developed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams divides schools into four tiers based on academic performance and lays out the five overarching goals listed below. 

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Education
2:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Clergy Coalition Voices Support For St. Louis School Improvement Plan

Rev. C. Jessel Strong, president of the Clergy Coalition of Greater St. Louis (center), speaks during a press conference on Monday, April 28.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

A coalition of clergy from more than 40 metropolitan area churches is backing the school transformation plan put forth by St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams.

“We acknowledge there are components that people are unhappy about, unsure about and uncompromising about,” said the Rev. Earl Nance Jr. of Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “We honor the concerns that people have.  At the same time, we believe that is worth a try.”

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St. Louis Public Schools
2:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

State Board Of Education Extends SAB Control Of St. Louis Public Schools For Two More Years

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said that extending SAB control over the St. Louis Public Schools was the best thing for the students.
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The state-appointed Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools will maintain oversight of the provisionally accredited district through June 2016. 

The state Board of Education unanimously approved the extension during its meeting today in Jefferson City. The SAB had been set to expire in June of this year. 

Education Commission Chris Nicastro said even though the district has had some academic ups and downs under the SAB’s tenure, keeping it in place would allow officials to gauge whether school improvement efforts are taking root. 

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St. Louis Public Schools
4:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools

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Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recommending that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.

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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
2:24 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Prospect Of Nonprofits Running Low-Performing St. Louis Public Schools Continues To Draw Criticism

Mary Armstrong, president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, voices opposition to nonprofits running low-performing schools.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Sat., March 29, at 2:09 p.m.

A proposal to bring in nonprofits to run low-performing St. Louis City schools continued to draw criticism during a public hearing at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Saturday.

With comments similar to those made at a forum on Thursday night, members of the elected school board reiterated their opposition to the idea.  

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St. Louis Public Schools
6:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators

Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 8:45 p.m., Thurs., March 13 with details from final proposal and comments.

This evening St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined his blueprint for building up academic achievement and meeting new standards established under the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5).

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Education
1:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Schweich Issues SLPS Audit Follow Up, Encouraged By Progress

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich presents the follow-up report to a state audit of St. Louis Public Schools on Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

St. Louis Public Schools is working toward or has already put in place a string of recommendations laid out in a state audit issued in September last year.

That’s the big takeaway from a follow-up report released today from the Missouri Auditor’s Office.  

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Education
3:34 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

St. Louis Area Schools Receive More Than $6.2 Million To Improve Academic Performance

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Twelve St. Louis area schools with low academic performance will receive a total of more than $6.2 million in federal money to kick start classroom improvement.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, which is distributing more than $43 million nationally to seven states. 

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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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