Judge: East St. Louis School Board In Place Until Hearing
BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The St. Clair County Circuit Court in Belleville has given the East St. Louis School board a temporary reprieve. On Monday morning a judge ruled the board can stay in place until there is a hearing on the state’s effort to oust them.
FOX 2′s Elliot Davis talked to the spokesman for the Illinois Department of Education. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will defend the state’s case against the East St. Louis school board. Now, the matter will ultimately be handled by a judge.
On June 21st the State Board of Education voted 8-0 to fire the entire city school board and install the state’s own panel to run the East St. Louis School District. The State Board emphasized the move wasn’t punitive in so far as the district was concerned, but was necessary to insure a better school district to educate kids.
Money woes and lack of academic progress were among a few of the reasons the board was voted out.
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