After a year of Fight for $15 protests, Washington University Chancellor announced on Tuesday, June 25 that he will raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 for regular employees and basic service contractors by July 1, 2021. The decision affects about 1,200 regular and contracted workers, according to the Service Employees International Union Local 1.
Three charter schools are enrolling students this summer before opening their doors for the first time in August. Two schools will be run by longtime charter operators in St. Louis, while a third is being opened by young Teach For America alumni.
Updated 9:30 p.m., June 19, with results of recall vote — The president of the union representing St. Louis’ traditional public school teachers survived a recall vote Wednesday night. But the effort to oust her has created a clear fissure in the union. Sally Topping is only two years into her first term as president of American Federation of Teachers Local 420. An executive board that predates her failed to oust her on charges she’s misled members and lacked financial transparency. Topping calls the claims weak and exaggerated.
When Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack graduated from high school, he had a 1.7 grade-point average and did not think he was college material. Today, Warmack, 42, is one of the youngest presidents of a four-year college in the country. His journey with Harris-Stowe began in 2014, but come July 31, he will leave the historically black university for Claflin University in South Carolina.
A handful of leaders at St. Louis-area universities are each departing key roles this year. The most recent news of such shifts came last week as both Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack and Washington University Provost Holden Thorp announced they are leaving their posts. In addition, Wash U Chancellor Mark Wrighton and University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Tom George are retiring, while Lindenwood University President Michael Shonrock was let go earlier this year and McKendree University President James Dennis plans to retire after the 2019-2020 academic year. Joining St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl on St. Louis on the Air to help make sense of this trend and others within higher education were three guests who have been watching it all closely.
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 20, 2009 - Law school, as it’s often said inside the ivy-covered walls, prepares students to think like lawyers. But it can’t teach them how to tell a client who’s desperate for a favorable legal decision that the facts just aren’t on his side. Ben Fletcher, 34, learned how to handle that situation through his work as a pro bono lawyer. He’s one of roughly 1,400 volunteer attorneys who help low-income St. Louis residents with their legal problems through a program run by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
The De Soto School District can improve its tracking of employee compensation, contracts, attendance reporting and handling of lunch and athletic money, according to a state review of the school system’s accounting. The Missouri state auditor released an audit of De Soto schools Wednesday evening. The report lists 12 findings, including some that require immediate attention, earning the district a rating of “fair.” State audits earn one of four rankings, from excellent, to good, fair or poor.
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 17, 2009 - Samantha Buress began her sophomore year at Hazelwood Central High School last Thursday with a 4.0 average and a belief that she'll become a good lawyer one of these days. Besides plans to join the student council and the school choir, the 15-year-old intends to continue helping classmates struggling with English, math and science. That's her solution to the achievement gap, an issue about which she and many other students have strong opinions.
Publish Date: 2009-04-19 00:12:53 Author: Robert Joiner Position: Beacon staff Charter school supporters praise switch to allow charters to buy vacant school buildings Most members of a panel discussion Saturday on improving urban education praised St. Louis public school officials for removing a deed restriction that had prevented the sale of vacant city school buildings to groups that wanted to open charter schools. The Special Administrative Board voted in a closed meeting Thursday to lift the ban, effective June 30. SABs vote, made public Friday morning, followed a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month by former investment banker Rex Sinquefield and attorney W. Bevis Schock. They had asked the court to order the school district to lift the deed restriction. Earl Simms, state coordinator for Children Education Alliance, a pro-charter group, said charter proponents should remain vigilant to make sure the SAB does in fact agree to sell vacant buildings to charter groups that might
Riverview Gardens will remain a provisionally accredited school district, after the Missouri State Board of Education declined to vote on its petition for full accreditation . The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had recommended that the board deny the request because the district didn’t score enough points on its annual performance report for full accreditation.
Seventy-five years ago, Allied forces invaded northern France in a sweeping campaign that proved to be a key turning point during World War II. Joining Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day was military historian John McManus. He is a professor of history at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri, and the author of “The Dead and Those Who Are About To Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach” among other books about the war. While traveling in Europe for events related to the 75-year mark, McManus spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy D. Goodwin, delving into what occurred on June 6, 1944, why it still resonates and what people today can learn from studying and reflecting on the tragedy of war.
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 20, 2009 - From thousands of miles away, Alice Layton is planning the next book shipment to Guyana. She is the picture of a 21st-century entrepreneur, working at coffee shops and from her home in St. Louis -- and communicating with colleagues in the South American country primarily through instant messaging and e-mail.
Krister Ungerböck often works with high-profile CEOs, coaching them on best practices when it comes to leadership, communication and employee engagement. But his efforts to help people lead well extend beyond the upper echelons of organizational management and into everyday workplaces as well as family life. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air , St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy D. Goodwin talked with Ungerböck as he looked to travel to St. Louis a little later in the week to speak at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They discussed what Ungerböck describes in the title of his upcoming book as “ The Language of Leadership: Words to Transform How We Lead, Live and Love .”
Three courses of algebra stood between Amanda McCleary and a high school diploma. McCleary, 33, tried twice over the years to earn a GED certificate since dropping out of Vashon High School in St. Louis as a teenager, but the timing wasn’t quite right. When she learned from a friend about a high school for adults being started by MERS Goodwill, “I called instantly,” she said. McCleary was one of five women in bright blue caps and gowns at the first graduation ceremony in downtown St. Louis Wednesday evening for the alternative high school program that started in October. A sixth student had to miss the ceremony for work.
College applications, diplomas and student loans are still more than a decade away, but St. Louis’ youngest students are stockpiling free cash to pay for their diplomas. The St. Louis treasurer’s office has opened a college savings account for every kindergartner in public school in the city since 2015 through its College Kids program , seeding each with $50 in parking revenue.
Back to school will be a little later in Missouri next year if lawmakers get their way. The Missouri General Assembly passed a law pushing school start dates back about a week over the opposition of school administrators. It’s part of an effort to encourage families to fit one more weekend of trips to amusement parks and lakeside cabins around the state.
A new volunteer program aims at providing local students free science, arts and math education, with a particular emphasis on geospatial technology. GatewayGIS will tutor K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Geospatial technology focuses on the science behind location-based services and mapping. The organization will collaborate with volunteers from local and national agencies and organizations that will teach the specialized topics through classes and seminars.
The cheers at the end of the day could be heard down the hall and around the corner, all the way in the office where Sarah Briscoe was making daily announcements. The hollering was coming from a second-grade classroom where every student showed up for the school day. The daily ritual of announcing perfect-attendance classrooms is part of the school’s all-out focus on getting its students into desks every day. Bryan Hill Elementary School in the far-north side College Hill neighborhood can boast an attendance rate 97.9%, a figure bested only by one of St. Louis Public Schools’ gifted-program magnet schools.
Earlier this week, St. Charles-based Lindenwood University announced it would cease its daytime undergraduate academic programs at its Belleville campus following the 2019-2020 academic year. On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air , Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert joined guest host Ruth Ezell to talk about what the consolidation means for the community. He said the university’s announcement to close parts of the campus and the termination of various positions leading up to the announcement came as a surprise.
In a dark classroom at Francis Howell Central High School, students are gathered around a glowing projector screen displaying a video game. On it, avatars shoot machine guns, blasters and orbs at each other. The students are watching a video of a match they played against students from another high school earlier in the week — “reviewing tape,” like high school football players do after a game.