RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT MORATORIUM ON NEW SCHOOL OPENINGS IN ST. LOUIS UNTIL: a comprehensive city-wide plan for education is developed
WHEREAS, the population of school-age children ages 5-19 decreased by 18.6% between 2007 and 2018;
WHEREAS, the public school system in the City of St. Louis includes both traditional district schools and charter schools;
WHEREAS, in 2007-08 there were 103 public schools serving 60,642 children and in 2019-20 there were 110 public schools serving 49,939 children;
WHEREAS, the local, state, and federal support for school choice programs continues to create a system of schools and programs that fight over a declining population of children;
WHEREAS, Saint Louis Public Schools has closed schools and continues to face the challenge of future school closures in order to best serve the current student population;
WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis needs a city-wide plan for education to ensure the public school system provides a quality education for all kids, all the time;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis supports a moratorium on new school openings in the City of St. Louis until a comprehensive city-wide plan for education is developed.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be delivered to the members of the Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis and other local and state elected officials to encourage discussion of and action toward the urgent need for the development of a city-wide plan for education, and to encourage the adoption of a resolution in support of a moratorium on new school openings until such a plan is developed.
Adopted this 9th day of February, 2021 as attested by:
Dorothy Rohde-Collins, President, Board of Education of the City of St. Louis.