Earlier this month conservative lawmakers hijacked a bill seeking to uproot Missouri's abstinence-focused sex-education laws. Now the sponsor of the proposed legislation, Democratic representative Clem Smith, says he's feeling more than a little betrayed. "There was no warning and no legislative c ... More >>
Shearwater High School, a public charter school geared toward dropouts and at-risk youth in St. Louis, is closing its doors after three years in operation, shedding light on the obstacles facing the most vulnerable students and the educators trying to help them graduate. "Young people are continui ... More >>
It's been five years since the St. Louis public schools lost their accreditation and were transferred to the care of the state. Now the same fate has befallen the public schools of East St. Louis. The Illinois state board of education voted unanimously yesterday to dissolve the school board in East ... More >>
Daily RFT has learned that officials with St. Louis Public Schools will soon conclude a year-long investigation into whether faculty at Herzog Elementary School organized cheating on last year's statewide student assessment tests. Patrick Wallace, district spokesman, confirms that the probe at th ... More >>
Teachers' rights to bargain collectively in Missouri are now headed to the state supreme court.Are Missouri school boards required to collectively bargain with unions representing their faculties -- and, even more importantly, to do so in good faith?That's the question now heading to the Missouri ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay yesterday announced the addition of three more charter school options for St. Louis families, just in time for the coming school year. In announcing the new schools, Slay said that charter schools are necessary as the St. Louis Public School District continues to re-earn its ac ... More >>
A new, free, college-prep-focused charter school set to open next year in south city has just secured a chunk of government money. South City Preparatory Academy received a grant of $125,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of the Federal Charter Schools ... More >>
ChipotleAmong the night spots on Laclede's Landing, there's a theater working to teach St. Louis area kids about oral health. Since 1977 the Delta Dental Health Theatre has been entertaining and educating kids from its stage, surrounded by giant teeth. On March 7, local Chipotle restaurants ... More >>
Is our children learning?The charter school movement is continuing to gain steam in St. Louis -- raising the question of whether a day might come when traditional public schools cease to exist in the city. Over the weekend, a plan to close more poorly performing public schools and create mor ... More >>
Organic doesn't mean perfect. 34,000 pounds of organic Nature's Harvest ground beef has been recalled for possible E. coli contamination, according to KTVN in Reno, Nevada. The beef was sold in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Washington State.Flights from Newark migh ... More >>
Carondelet Leadership Academy (CLA), a new charter school, will be opening in (where else) Carondelet next fall, in the old St. Boniface school at 7604 Michigan Avenue. The school will start out with 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade but will expand up through eighth grade in future y ... More >>
Ousted St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George could have a friend in Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Not that it matters in the short term. Sotomayor's confirmation likely won't come until after the Supreme Court rules on a well-publicized suit in which white and Hispanic firefighters have sued ... More >>
Rick Sullivan, Melanie Adams and Richard Gaines -- the Special Administrative Board (SAB) of the St. Louis Public School District -- last evening lifted the controversial deed restriction on the sale of its shuttered school buildings.The 100-year restriction was adopted by the SAB in December 2007 a ... More >>
Show-Me InstituteBevis Schock, plaintiff in a 1st Amendment case against the city schoolsMillionaire-about-town Rex Sinquefeld and attorney Bevis Schock filed a First Amendment lawsuit Wednesday against the St. Louis Public Schools' Special Administrative Board. Sinquefeld and Schock take issue with ... More >>
The charter-school lobby is getting down to brass tacks in its real-estate beef with the St. Louis Public Schools. Last week state Senator Jim Lembke introduced a bill in the Missouri General Assembly which prohibits any school district from putting deed restrictions into real estate contracts for b ... More >>
Last Friday, St. Louis Public Schools' Elected School Board member David Jackson Jr. sent a formal request to three city aldermen asking them to introduce legislation barring any more charter schools from opening in the city. "Currently charter schools in the city deflect approximately $75 million d ... More >>
Rhonda Broussard went out shopping in late 2007 for a building to house the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, a set of French- and Spanish-speaking public charter schools she plans to open this fall. Broussard pulled up in front of the old Hodgen Elementary School, a brick Italianate structure i ... More >>
Brains want books
School board members duke it out over a no-bid contract awarded to St. Louis radio talk show host Lizz Brown.
In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel
Make kickoff time for the season opener of the River City Rage
(2 a.m. Saturday, Geyer Avenue between Ninth and Tenth streets)
There's a new Mr. Missouri Leather! Plus: counterfeit-proof White Castle gift certificates; talking crab rangoon with novelist Lynn Messina; and a disturbing SAT flashback.
To save St. Louis public schools, Bill Roberti and his band of hired guns plan to blow things up. Who'll pick up the pieces when they're gone?
Blood's riff on the Scarlet Letter is challenging fare
Marty Rochester wages war against the dumbing-down of public education -- even in the best of schools
Public schools are broke all over, so why are only St. Louis and Kansas City getting charter schools?
Bosnians give some folks in St. Louis Hills the willies
Week of June 20, 2001
Why we shouldn't test public schools in a vacuum
Missouri's MAP is a fine, thoughtful standardized test. So how come it's wreaking havoc in the schools?
Hazelwood schools blocked apartments to protect test scores
Candidates must speak clearly about troubled schools
Charter-school proponents are paddling as fast as they can; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
St. Louis comings and goings in anno Domini 1999
Cape Girardeau state Sen. Peter Kinder takes more than an academic interest in St. Louis' public schools
Controversy exposes folly of charter-mania
The city school board files suit to block the opening of St. Louis' first charter school