St. Louis Public Schools

ST. LOUIS SCHOOLS
2:32 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

St. Louis Families' Transfer Lawsuits In Doubt

(via Flickr/comedy_nose)

Lawsuits brought by families who want the St. Louis school district to pay to send their children to an accredited suburban school district are in question after the St. Louis district regained its accreditation last week.


Missouri law requires unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation costs to send students living within their boundaries to accredited districts in the same or an adjoining county.

Read more
Voluntary Transfer Program
4:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

St. Louis Districts Renew Student Transfer Program

More than a dozen school districts voted Friday to extend the voluntary transfer program in St. Louis.
(Flickr/Cast a Line)

Suburban St. Louis districts will continue to accept black students who transfer from the St. Louis city district through a program that grew out of a desegregation case.

Read more
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.

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

St. Louis Public Schools Could Regain Provisional Accreditation Tuesday

knittymarie Flickr

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.

Read more
SLPS accreditation
9:50 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Religious Group Pushes for SLPS Accreditation

(via St. Louis Public Schools)

On Tuesday the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider granting provisional accreditation to St. Louis Public Schools, and the religious group Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) plans to push state officials to move forward with re-instating local control over the district.

Sunday, the religious group held its annual public meeting and Barbara Paulus, who leads the Economic Task Force for MCU, said earning back accreditation is a key part of ensuring kids get the education they’re entitled to.

Read more
SLPS
10:30 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

SLPS Superintendent Optimistic About Accreditation

(via Flickr/cayoup)

On the heels of improving test scores and other accountability measures that were reported last month, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to grant St. Louis Public Schools provisional accreditation on Oct. 16.  

Even though he is optimistic about the chances that the district will begin to earn back local control as soon as next month, Superintendent Kelvin Adams says that isn’t the only measure of success.

Read more
Weingarten at SLPS
4:48 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

AFT president praises St. Louis schools' push toward accreditation

AFT national president Randi Weingarten in St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A collaborative effort among the administration, parents, and teachers of the St. Louis Public Schools toward regaining accreditation earned praise on Tuesday from the president of the a national teachers union.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, made St. Louis a stop on her national back-to-school tour. The St. Louis teachers are represented by an AFT local.

Read more
Firefighter residency
4:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

St. Louis city, state will take residency law dispute to the Supreme Court

A dispute over a state law that allowed firefighters to leave St. Louis city after 7 years goes to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri and the city of St. Louis will go in front of the state Supreme Court on Thursday to argue over who can decide where city employees live.

Read more
Morning round-up
9:20 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

MAP scores released

The St. Louis school district could be a year away from regaining partial accreditation.  Missouri's Annual Performance Reports, or MAP scores, have been released today.  They show that St. Louis city schools have met seven standards, including one academic standard. 

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says they're looking for sustained improvement over time.

Read more
St. Louis Public Schools
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

SLPS releases first-day attendance numbers

Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

Updated 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13:

St. Louis Public Schools has released its attendance figures for the first day of school:

  • 20,283 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attended classes today
  • According to SLPS, the number shows a 10.25 percent increase over the previous year’s first day attendance of 18,397

Three new schools opened to address the closing of six Imagine charter schools in St. Louis. The new schools had the following first-day attendance numbers:

Read more

Pages