ST. LOUIS • The Missouri Board of Education on Tuesday voted to return control of the city’s public schools to an elected board after 12 years of state control.
“I think we can look forward to a new St. Louis Public Schools,” said Donna Jones, the longest serving member of the elected board, which had continued to meet during state control. “The future looks bright.”
“I’m not the traditional theatre teacher that comes to mind,” says Brandon Riley of Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA). “The first couple of years, the parents would hear about me and then meet me — and then there’s a five- to ten-second reboot period. I’m a decent-sized black male,” he says, laughing.
ST. LOUIS • About 250 desks are waiting to be filled at two charter elementary schools opening this fall.
Lift for Life Academy, one of the first charter schools to open in St. Louis in 2000, will expand to elementary grades starting in the fall. The elementary school will open in a building near the current middle and high school campus at 1731 South Broadway.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.
Missouri public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could take online courses for free, with their school district or charter school picking up the tab, under legislation that passed the Missouri House and Senate this month.
The main intent of the plan, dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, is to expand course access for high school students in small, rural or cash-strapped schools that might lack the money or number of students to justify hiring staff to teach advanced courses, such as chemistry, Chinese or creative writing.