St. Louis Public Schools

St. Louis Public Schools
11:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools

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Updated 1:20 p.m.

The Missouri state auditor gave the St. Louis Public Schools a “fair” rating in an audit of the district released Wednesday.

Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, said the district was not initially cooperative with his office.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams, who also attended Wednesday’s press conference, said the audit got off to a “rocky” start because the district did not initially believe Schweich had the authority to do the performance audit.

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Education
3:26 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

As New School Year Begins, St. Louis Officials Push For High Attendance

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, at podium, stands with Mayor Francis Slay as he speaks on the importance of regular school attendance.
Credit Erin Williams

In a press conference held at St. Louis City Hall today, Mayor Slay was joined by school and court officials to speak about the importance of regular school attendance before the first day on Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams says that while attendance has increased, it is estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 students don’t attend on the first day of school.  

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Education
11:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Education Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

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Updated 5:34 p.m. to include comments from Chris Tennill of  the School District of Clayton

The Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited.

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School Transfers
2:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Supreme Court Says Missouri School Transfer Law Is Constitutional

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Updated 4:38 p.m. & 5:44 p.m.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law that allows students to transfer from unaccredited districts to ones that are accredited.

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Teacher Charged
2:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Teacher At Soldan High Charged With Sexual Misconduct

David Marler, a math teacher at Soldan International Studies High School, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a student.
(Provided/St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated with receipt of statement from SLPS.

A math teacher at Soldan International Studies High School in St. Louis is facing 11 criminal counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a student at the school.

Thirty-two-year-old David Marler is being held on a $250,000 cash bond on felony statutory sodomy, child endangerment, and sexual contact with a student charges. Police are investigating the possibility that there were other victims, and are encouraging parents or students to call 314-444-5385.

Education
10:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Cleveland NJROTC Saved, Two Other SLPS Schools To Close

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On Wednesday night the state-appointed Special Administrative Board approved some budget cutting measures meant to improve the St. Louis Public School District's long-term financial health.

The efforts of alumni and faculty, however, ultimately saved the popular Cleveland NJROTC High School from the chopping block.

Last month Superintendent Kelvin Adams said little could change his recommendation to close Cleveland NJROTC due to low enrollment.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Making Their Case: SLPS Urban League Debaters Earn High Honors

Destiny Crockett and Cameron Smith, high school students at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
(Courtesy: Saint Louis Urban Debate League)

Debate is an activity in which thousands of high school and college students participate throughout the country.

The academic activity takes many forms and styles though ‘policy debate’ is one of the most common.

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Education
5:56 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Parents, Students, Alumni Make The Case For Cleveland

Cleveland NJROTC alumnus Lt. Col. Keith Porter makes a case for saving the school during a town hall meeting on Saturday, March, 2, 2013.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A push to save Cleveland NJROTC High School continued on Saturday.  

During a public forum at Vashon High School, students, parents and alumni gave their feedback on the proposed budget for St. Louis Public Schools.  Several speakers told Superintendent Kelvin Adams that his idea to close Cleveland NJROTC is a mistake.   

Jeanette Culpepper's grandson currently attends Cleveland NJROTC and she has four nieces who graduated from the military prep school.

She said the school’s high academic standards and strict code of conduct are of great benefit to many students.  

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Education
10:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

SLPS Could Close Schools, Cut Jobs

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Flat enrollment and the lingering recession may force St. Louis Public Schools to close four of its schools.

That’s according to a 2013-14 budget proposal presented to the Special Administrative Board Wednesday night by Superintendent Kelvin Adams.

Even though four schools could be closed, the public comment period at the board meeting was full of Cleveland Junior Naval Academy students like Erik Harrison.

In full uniform, Harrison and his classmates pleaded with the board to spare the military prep school.

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Residency requirements
2:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

St. Louis Firefighters Win Court Fight Over Residency

St. Louis firefighters have won the right to live outside of the city's boundaries after seven years - a right given to them in a 2010 state law.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from Jeff Rainford.

St. Louis city firefighters who have served at least seven years with the department will be able to move outside the city boundaries.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that the Missouri Legislature was within its rights in 2010 to pass a law overriding local residency requirements for fire departments in cities where the school district is unaccredited or provisionally accredited.

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