• BOARD OF EDUCATION
    RESOLUTION ON SLPS SCHOOL BOARD GOVERNANCE

    WHEREAS since 2007, the Saint Louis Public School District (SLPS) has been -- and is currently -- governed by a three-member Special Administrative Board (SAB), one member each appointed by the Governor of the State of Missouri, the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, and the President of the Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis

    AND WHEREAS SLPS regained accreditation in January of 2017, the current designation of SLPS as a "Transitional School District" may now, per Section 12 of RSMO 162.1100, be ended at will by the Missouri State Board of Education

    AND WHEREAS this resolution is timely given that the SAB is considering restructuring governance to replace the democratically elected Board of Education with either a fully appointed board or a hybrid board

    AND WHEREAS the taxpayers of St. Louis City, for the past ten years, have continued to vote for and elect the seven-member Board of Education of the City of St. Louis which has, since 2007, had no control over management of SLPS business

    THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis opposes any form of governance of the St. Louis Public School District other than the current existing democratically elected Board of Education.

    THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS

     

    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    RESOLUTION (HB 42)

    WHEREAS, Missouri House Bill #42 makes changes to the transfer law when a school district is considered unaccredited; and

    WHEREAS, Missouri House Bill #42 is fiscally irresponsible to transferring school districts and would permanently undermine Missouri’s ability to support public education; and

    WHEREAS, Missouri House Bill #42 will allow receiving districts of transfer students to charge tuition based on a formula that takes into account their often much higher local tax levies than the sending districts enjoy, resulting in extreme financial difficulty to the transferring district ; and

    WHEREAS, Missouri House Bill #42 would force the transferring district to lay off teachers, maintenance and custodial staff, security, counselors, and nurses, and would result in overcrowded classrooms and reduce access to technology; and

    WHEREAS, Missouri House Bill #42 eliminates the right of the parent to choose where to send their child for their education if their current district becomes unaccredited; and

    WHEREAS, House Bill #42 has become merely a vehicle for expanding charter schools and virtual schools in Missouri and therefore allowing private entities to profit from taxpayer dollars meant for public education.

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis strongly urges Governor Jay Nixon to veto Missouri House Bill #42, and strongly recommends to the Missouri Legislature that they let stand the Governor’s veto.

    THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS