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Education
8:04 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:43 pm

(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)

Even though the University City School Board has voted to change course and accept students who are qualified to transfer from Normandy, uncertainty surrounding the transfers remains.

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Education
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:16 am

As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy parents anxiously await outcomes, seek options

'We're praying': The Chaney family
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision --  made during a closed session of its school board -- doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri June 20, 2014

DESE recommends new transfer policies for unaccredited districts

Credit Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

Missouri education officials have released new guidance for student transfer policies.

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Politics
2:27 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Nixon To Veto Student Transfer Bill, Cites Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the student transfer bill on Friday.

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 4:23 am

After telegraphing his intention for a week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced that he is indeed going to veto the student-transfer bill because of its provisions allowing public money to be used for private schools.

He also faults the bill because it does not require unaccredited sending districts to pay any transportation costs for students transferring to accredited districts, as the schools now are required to do.

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Education
8:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close

From left, Andre', Anandra, BrenNae and SheRon Chaney stand on the porch of their family home in Pasadena Park in north St. Louis County.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:19 pm

 It’s just after 7 a.m., and SheRon Chaney already has her family packed into an SUV and ready for school.

“On a good day like today, I’m hoping it only takes about 35 minutes,” she said.

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Politics
8:19 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Fellow Democrats call on Nixon to pass controversial student-transfer bill

Mo. Senators Jamilah Nasheed (left), D-St. Louis, and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, call on Gov. Nixon to sign the student transfer bill into law.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. It includes a provision that would end free transportation for transfer students -- a provision that would make it harder for students from failing schools to actually attend other districts.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:04 pm

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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Education
7:34 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm

JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Education
11:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools

Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014.

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:01 pm

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

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Education
8:44 am
Fri January 31, 2014

New School Report Focuses On Local Control, Wrap-around Services

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:37 pm

 A report from a coalition of church groups in St. Louis says a plan commissioned by the Missouri state board of education to help struggling school districts could result in “an educational ghetto.”

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Education
11:24 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are facing pressure to address a student transfer law and unaccredited school districts.

The law requires school districts without state accreditation to cover the costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one. It makes no exceptions for those without room for new students.

Missouri now has three unaccredited districts. About 2,000 students have transferred from two districts in St. Louis County and transfers could start soon in Kansas City.

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Education
4:17 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. court upholds student transfer law in KC case

Credit John Murden / Flickr

The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.

A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.

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Education
6:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited

The Mo. State Board of Education meets on Oct. 22, 2013. They chose to take no action on a request to consider reclassifying the K.C. School District, which has been unaccredited since Jan. 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:45 pm

Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.

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Education
3:59 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court continues debate on school transfers

Credit Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons

The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.

The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.

Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.

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Education
7:35 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State's unaccredited school districts face dire situation, DESE reports to House committee

The Joint Committee on Education met at the state Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Education
8:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

More Than 1,000 Students To Leave Unaccredited Normandy District

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:19 pm

North St. Louis County's Normandy School District pointed to a variety of things to entice parents to keep their kids in the district: partnerships and collaboration with nearby universities, new technology, and more staff training.

But for the parents of 1,151 Normandy kids, it just wasn’t enough. If you compare it to last year’s enrollment, that means 28 percent will be fleeing the failing school district.

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Education
4:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

More Missouri districts could struggle under new system

New state projections show more Missouri school districts would have their accreditation come under extra scrutiny under a new evaluation system.

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Education
4:22 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation

The Missouri Senate has passed bills that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would also allow the state to take over failing school districts more quickly.

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri House endorses quicker intervention in schools

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

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Education
5:07 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Exam: October 3, 2011

From left, Khloe and Karli Landis (CQ), 19-month-old twins, investigate a male alpaca on the farm at Mid Missouri Alpacas on Sept. 24, 2011.
Ellen Thommesen Columbia Missourian

This week: students in unaccredited school districts with ambitions for college could find themselves in limbo. Plus, kids get up close and personal with alpacas.

Hosted by Ryan Famuliner.

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