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Riverview Gardens plots path back to accreditation

In Education

10:16 pm on Wed, 11.20.13

In a hearing called by state school officials, Superintendent Scott Spurgeon said if just a few students can score better on state tests, and the district can improve attendance, it will earn the points it needs to regain accreditation and stop the transfers of students to other districts. A second hearing on the topic will be held next month.

State education officials hear plans, passion at Normandy meeting

In Education

10:16 pm on Mon, 11.11.13

The session was the first of two scheduled at the unaccredited district that has seen 1,000 student transfer elsewhere, with Normandy having to pay for tuition and transportation. The passionate testimony of teachers, students and others about what the school district means to them roused the crowd.

Absent Normandy board members wouldn't have changed refusal to pay bills

In Education

6:35 am on Wed, 10.30.13

Two members of the Normandy school board missed last week's meeting where the board voted 3-2 to reject tuition and transportation bills from districts receiving transfer students. One isn't sure how she would have voted; the other says she would have joined the majority. It's unclear what will happen when the next batch of bills is submitted.

Districts will get paid for transfer students, Nicastro says

In Education

6:15 pm on Fri, 10.25.13

She commented after the Normandy school board voted Thursday not to pay $1.3 million in tuition and transportation bills from districts receiving transfer students. The education commissioner said if the district won't pay the bills, the state will redirect money from Normandy to reimburse the receiving districts.

Lawmakers get an earful on how transfer law may be changed

In Education

6:25 pm on Tue, 10.01.13

For more than three hours Tuesday afternoon, members of the Missouri House and Senate heard suggestions on how the law that allows students who live in unaccredited school districts to transfer might be changed to ease the financial burden but still allow access to quality education.

State school board seeks $6.8 million to help Normandy survive

In Education

Updated at 3:55 pm on Tue, 09.17.13

The district is facing financial ruin because of $15 million it must pay for tuition and transportation for students transferring to accredited districts. If lawmakers don't OK the new money, Normandy may go under and its students distributed to other districts. Meanwhile, Kansas City pushes to regain accreditation.

School situations in St. Louis, KC show mirror images

In Education

6:43 am on Tue, 09.03.13

Last year, St. Louis did well on the state's evaluation system and argued successfully to regain provisional accreditation. This year, when St. Louis did poorly on the new system, Kansas City did well and is pushing for the state to upgrade its accreditation classification. At stake is whether students in unaccredited districts will be able to transfer elsewhere.

St. Louis schools fare poorly in first version of new education standards

In Education

12:13 am on Fri, 08.23.13

If Missouri educators were to use the first year of a new evaluation plan to classify school districts, St. Louis Public Schools would slide back into unaccredited territory and U. City would become provisionally accredited, among many other changes. The Beacon examines how the standards have changed, the reaction of local superintendents and the results for charter schools.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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