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Mayor endorses all four new STL charter schools

Maria Altman
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks at the opening of Better Learning Communities Academy. Carl Walker (seated next to the mayor) will attend Kingergarten at BLCA this fall.

St. Louis will have four new charter schools when school begins in a few weeks.

The mayor was on hand when the latest school, Better Learning Communities Academy, announced Wednesday it’s enrolling students.

Mayor Francis Slay has endorsed all four of the charters opening this year.

At the same time he says some of the St. Louis Public Schools are working. 

"But there’s not enough," he said. "There are not enough quality choices there. Parents are looking for other opportunities; we have to provide them. If we don’t and they have a choice they’ll go somewhere else, as we learned from the last census."

The mayor says there were 22,000 fewer children in the city in 2010 than in 2000.

Better Learning Communities Academy is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood and will offer Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes this year. It will add a grade each year and eventually be K-8.

The other three new charters in the city, Jamaa Learning Center, Preclarus Mastery Academy and South City Prep, are also enrolling students.


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