• St. Louis Public Schools gains provisional accreditation, state appointed board still in power

    Date: October 16, 2012
    By: Alexander Mallin
    State Capitol Bureau
     
    St. Louis Public Schools gained provisional accreditation and made history as the first school to experience academic turnaround since Niangua Schools in 2002.
     
    Last year the district met enough of the academic and performance standards required to gain provisional accreditation.

    The board voted unanimously in its meeting in Jefferson City, but Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says this decision functions more as an incentive than a congratulations.

    "Noone, as was said early today, noone would ever suggest that provisional accreditation is the end goal. We all want and believe that the children of the St. Louis Public Schools deserve a district that is fully accredited."
     

    The district will be under review in September of next year under a new review process established by the state board.

    Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

     
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