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American Graduate

Donna Korando | St. Louis Public Radio

A penalty of more than $422,000 that had been sought from the Nine Network in St Louis by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been reduced to a little more than $32,000.

After an in-depth investigation, CPB said that the station, better known as KETC Channel 9, had not misspent any funds connected with its lead role in the nationwide American Graduate program.

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Courtesy KETC

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's inspector general says the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis should repay more than $422,000 it received for its role in leading other public media stations in the American Graduate program, an effort to help more students earn their high school diplomas.

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A tumultuous school year in Missouri is about to end, and a new era in school choice could be about to begin.

Courtesy Normandy School District

Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts are unaccredited. St. Louis Public Schools is only provisionally accredited. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Many of the factors typically cited for dropout problem in American schools – money, overcrowding, poverty, testing – came up during a live television town hall Monday night, but the one that seemed to resonate most was more personal than institutional.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2011 - To kick off a nationwide effort to combat the dropout problem among high school students, a town hall in St. Louis Monday night turned the tables and had teachers answering questions instead of asking them.

Based on their responses, the dropout dilemma could be one of the toughest tests they and their students ever face.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2011 - At the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, recent strategy has concentrated on what president and CEO Patricia Harrison calls the three D's: diversity, dialogue and digital.

Now, CPB and its radio and television stations nationwide are focusing those efforts on a fourth D -- high school dropouts -- featuring a series of town halls that will begin Monday night at the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis.