Mildred Lewis was born in Tennessee 79 years ago. She was an only child, which was unusual in those days. Her mom, for instance was one of 10 kids. So Mildred had many cousins, and many aunts and uncles, a few of whom had migrated north and settled in St. Louis.
Although, or maybe because Mildred’s parents had little formal education, they wanted their daughter to go to college. That was then a big ambition for a young black woman in the South.
ST. LOUIS — Just as a new state law forced school districts across Missouri to upend their 2020-2021 calendars, a snowstorm blew through to derail this year’s schedule.
Under the law signed in July by Gov. Mike Parson, public schools cannot start their fall semester more than 14 calendar days before the first Monday in September starting in 2020. The move was opposed by school leaders but pushed by the tourism industry, which covets the extra vacation days in August.
As 2019 draws to a close, our reporters reflect on the most memorable stories they covered this year.
After 14 years on the health care beat, I switched to covering education last spring. The beat change has been invigorating and busy as I set a goal of visiting three schools a week. I am always inspired by the teachers, administrators and students that I meet, and honored to tell their stories.
As an automotive repair student at Ranken Technical College in the late 1980s, Jeff Warren was unexpectedly called to the office one day. He thought he’d done something wrong; instead, the staff wanted to know if he had ever considered teaching. He hadn’t.