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Race Issue Is Hot Topic at Hearing on Missouriís Plan for Failing School Districts
St Louis Post ^ | 2/26/2014

Posted on 02/26/2014 4:00:59 PM PST by Altura Ct.

It came as no surprise to Missouri education officials Tuesday night when the issue of race permeated the hearing on the state’s draft plan to address troubled schools.

The unaccredited Normandy School District — whose student body is nearly all African-American — will likely be the first to be affected by what the state adopts.

This reality brought out a range of emotion from Normandy parents, students and residents who filled most of an auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While a handful lauded the department for proposing to do something different, most said the plan adds to Missouri’s history of inequity and racial discrimination in schools.

“If you look at the top DESE staff, none of them look like the 98 percent of the children we educate,” Normandy School Board member Terry Artis said into the microphone, referring to the racial makeup of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and members of the Missouri Board of Education listened from the front row for nearly two hours as one speaker after the next responded to her proposal. The plan recommends layers of state intervention as schools and districts begin to slip — rather than waiting until they lose accreditation to take action.

Last summer, Nicastro set out to develop this plan with the unaccredited Kansas City school system in mind. But the transfer situation affecting the Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts in the St. Louis area redirected her efforts to all struggling districts.

The goal of the proposal is to prevent any district from failing. But when a district does lose accreditation, the Missouri Board of Education could adopt one of several approaches, such as replacing the elected board with an alternative governing structure, or directly supervising the schools.

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1 posted on 02/26/2014 4:00:59 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

A good example of why states shouldn’t be interfering with K-12 in the first place.

It the local school district is failing — it is up to the citizens in that district to fix it.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 4:04:27 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Can’t fix it. Teachers unions wouldn’t allow it.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 4:05:19 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Altura Ct.

While public schools whose student populations are almost entirely black are examples of failure it is to be noted that charter schools that have the same demographics are succeeding.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 4:08:45 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Altura Ct.
In Kansas City, Missouri, a judge ordered the school district to raise taxes and spend more money on public education. Spending was increased so much, that the school district was spending more money per student than any of the country’s other 280 largest school districts. Although this very high level of spending continued for more than a decade, there was no improvement in the school district’s academic performance.

Source: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html

5 posted on 02/26/2014 4:10:22 PM PST by grundle
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To: Altura Ct.

All this school needs is more money and a 98% black staff.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 4:19:25 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Altura Ct.

The Missouri Board Of Education has too many Americans who are white on it? Easily fixed. Get rid of it. Let the locals fix their own problems. That’s a part of education.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 4:22:50 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Altura Ct.

“If you look at the top DESE staff, none of them look like the 98 percent of the children we educate,” Normandy School Board member Terry Artis said into the microphone, referring to the racial makeup of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

So educating children is achieved by the color of a persons skin, not by the knowledge they possess?


8 posted on 02/26/2014 4:28:18 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Altura Ct.
Schools should post this sign everywhere, on every door, in every classroom, and at all entrances.

You learn,
You will earn.

That's all that's needed.

9 posted on 02/26/2014 4:32:51 PM PST by roadcat
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To: umgud

Even the 98% black teachers would be a start. I taught in a mixed-race school in the South. A country school. Students were bussed. A bus could not leave the parking lot until all of the students on that bus were seated and facing forward. There was one black bus driver. She always left the parking lot first. Every child was seated and facing forward. The assistant principal said, “I don’t know what she does, but she is some effective!”

The best of our black teachers should be in our black schools. Then we’d see progress!


10 posted on 02/26/2014 5:24:05 PM PST by abclily
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To: roadcat
"The more you loin, the more you oin."

-- Cyndi Lauper

11 posted on 02/26/2014 5:24:51 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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