Education

Education: Leading The Way For A Better City

While the Board of Aldermen does not have direct control of St. Louis Public Schools, we can still be an advocate for quality education.

Our public schools can lead the way in lifting families up from poverty, reduce the risk for youth to engage in harmful, and illegal behavior, and ensure that resident’s don’t have to make the choice of leaving the community they love to seek out other educational options in our region.

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As alderman, I will advocate for:

  • Expansion of the Pre-Kindergarten option in public schools
  • Public funding for the first two years of community college for any student in public schools who maintains a C average through their junior and senior years
  • Research and implementation of the best charter school models
  • Closure of low-performing charter schools

 

Our ward has excellent options for families seeking a solid education for their children, as well as places where we can do better. As your Alderman, I’ll work with leaders in ward schools to make sure we stay on the right track, while advocating for citywide improvements that benefit everyone’s quality of life.

1 thought on “Education: Leading The Way For A Better City”

  1. Paul, I work at the Boeing company where, for the past five years, there’s been a hiring frenzy of super-bright young professionals. I’m one of the older guys, but my work area is now made up of >50% folks only a few years out of college, many just married and starting or thinking about starting families. They know that I live in the city, are curious about it, and think that it’s kind of cool. But, when it comes time to choose their own home, they always pick somewhere outside city limits.
    When I ask why, I hear that they’re not worried about crime, about the state of the sidewalks, about lead paint in old buildings, or about a 1% income tax. The reasons that they stay away are schools, schools, and schools. There is even one couple I know who already had a home in the city but, as soon as they had their first child, they immediately moved out. I mention to these young folks that there are highly rated charter schools available, but they respond that there are not enough of them to guarantee a spot for their child. I mention that the public schools have turned the corner are on an upward trend, but they respond that the St. Louis public schools have supposedly been turning the corner for the last half century, but somehow are still among the lowest rated in the nation.
    Okay, the aldermen don’t have direct control over the schools. But they do have influence. You mention on your website that you would lobby for closing low performing charter schools. That’s great! What about low performing public schools? You say that you’ll implement the best charter school models. That’s great! What if the best charter school models involve classroom discipline and firing teachers that don’t meet high standards?
    I understand that you don’t want a two tiered, have and have-not system of charter and public schools. I attended public schools myself and agree that they’re essential. But if you’re not willing to challenge the public system status quo stranglehold on the St. Louis schools, to use charter schools as competition to push the public schools to give more than lip service to improvement and change, none of the other goals you pursue, of integration, justice, or equal opportunity, are going to have a lasting foundation.

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