St. Louis Public Schools: Killed by Reform

Diane Ravitch's blog

Peter Greene wrote a post about the continuing deterioration and abandonment of public education in St. Louis. It is a sad story.

Teachers’ salaries are frozen. Teachers are fleeing the district. The school district is losing enrollment.

Peter writes (open the story for the links):


But the school system’s population problems are part of the city’s problems, and the city’s problems include white flight. St. Louis is discredited with “the highest thirty-year rate of building and neighborhood abandonment in North American history.” The 2010 census revealed a loss of 29,000 residents since the previous head count.

Schools have been standing empty, and the public system has been in trouble going back to at least 2007, when the state stripped it of its accreditation and took it over, stripping local control from the elected school board. The school district is run by a three-person Special Administrative Board; they hire the superintendent…

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