ST. LOUIS • The city of St. Louis is taking sides in a dispute that pits the city’s school system against charter schools, arguing that the nontraditional public schools should share millions in revenue from a special sales tax.
In April, St. Louis Public Schools filed a lawsuit asking the court to return more than $50 million that had been given charter schools, which are independently run, tax-funded public schools.
ST. LOUIS • A new initiative launched this week seeks to boost low-income student enrollment at 30 elite universities nationwide, including Washington University.
The American Talent Initiative was kicked-off by 30 founding schools, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities as well as a few high-ranking public schools like the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Los Angeles.
KIRKWOOD • The Kirkwood School District Board of Education on Monday night delayed a vote until next month on a measure that would put a 46 cent property tax increase on the April ballot.
The board will vote in January on whether to put the proposed increase on the April or November ballot. The delay gives members more time to review finances, provide a detailed case for the increase and seek community input.
The board's meeting drew a crowd of more than 150.
The Ferguson-Florissant School District board will challenge a judge’s order that halted board elections on the premise that the board’s election process was stacked against African-Americans.
“In the time since the lawsuit was filed, District voters have elected two additional African-American board members,” said Board President Donna Paulette-Thurman in a statement. “We are confident the present process is lawful and provides an equal opportunity for all candidates.”