Jacology: School Daze

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KPLR11.com)A lot of Missouri politicians and fat cats have had a field day attacking public schools. Multi-millionaire power broker Rex Sinquefield said public schools, were a plot by the Ku Klux Klan to oppress black people. State senator Jane Cunningham says what she calls, government-run schools and their teachers are a big part of Missouri’s problems.

Lousy schools are generally blamed on bad teachers. Not quite. Lousy schools happen because parents are too busy or too disinterested to become involved. Lousy schools happen in lousy neighborhoods where kids might be assaulted or shot on the way to school. Lousy schools happen for lots of reasons. And all most none of them have anything to do with the schools themselves.

The ones, who are stuck, are the kids. Missouri's constitution guarantees a free public education for all children. And that's why you should be paying a lot of attention to a court case that wraps up tomorrow in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The result of that case will shape the future for thousands of students and their parents.

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that kids from unaccredited school districts; like the city of St. Louis and Riverview Gardens, should be free to transfer to other schools. And that the unaccredited schools, pay for it. The St. Louis County case going on right now has to decide how to do that, without overwhelming nearby school districts.

One study suggests that up to 15 thousand kids would transfer from city schools if they had the chance. That would overwhelm suburban districts and bankrupt the St. Louis district. The court ruling in this case, will tell us if that's going to happen.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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