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Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Mr Wonderful November 15, 2013 at 09:38 am
What is more important that being able to read and write? Kinda like "BASICS", don't youRead More think. I know we're getting to a 'totally' computerized world but for the rare chance that some of the future generation actually receives a paycheck, how are they going to cash it??? With my bank, you have to endorse a check written to yourself, from your own account, front and back... No idea why, but they won't cash it unless it is "SIGNED"... Without cursive, we've made a great leap back to the 1800's and beyond where you put your "mark" on legal dociuments... WOW WHAT A GREAT IDEA. There has to be something less important than cursive and multiplication tables that our education boards can find to "save money". We're working toward a country where we have a population of overweight, illiterate people...
Patch Pro Paul Gutting has been the Executive Director at Campbell Montessori School since 2011.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?
Jim Allred April 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Thank-you to the community for your support...we are here for you 24/7! Jim Allred Fire ChiefRead More 636-296-2211
Jack D April 3, 2013 at 03:51 pm
The provisions of Missouri law that allow a fire district to levy a sales tax, also require the fireRead More district to reduce the fire district's property tax collection by 50 cents for every additional dollar gained from sales taxes. Under this formula, it is impossible for fire district actual revenue to decline. Chief Allred's statement that budgeted revenue (estimated numbers) is down is amusing. Since it is impossible for actual revenues to decline, publishing budget estimates showing declining revenue only means the fire district administration does not know how to estimate its revenue. Either the 2012 revenue estimate is erroneously overstated or the 2013 revenue estimate is erroneously understated. Once again, these misleading statements from the fire district are indicative of the financial mismanagement. Likewise the idea that dividing total district revenue by the number of fire stations equals the cost of operating a fire station, is an apples to oranges analysis that only makes fruit salad out of numbers. To prove the point, fire district expenses would not decrease by $1,485,062.40 if one fire station closed, using the chief's logic. While voters approved another tax increase for the fire district, such voter support does not wash away the fact the fire district continues to mismanage its finances.
Jim Allred April 3, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Jack, It is true that if sales taxes decline, the property tax rate can be raised to a break-evenRead More point preventing a loss of income. That did not happen this year. It is also true that we roll back property taxes an amount equal to 1/2 the sales tax increase each year. The 2012 general revenue rate was rolled back from 57.30 to 56.76. That is a rate reduction of .54 cents/hundred of assessed value. What occured this year was a property tax role back of .54 cents/hundred of assessed value due to sales tax increase, combined with a decline in the assessed value. Simple math shows a decline in both assessed value and tax rate will equal less property tax income. The assessed value of the district declined almost 1 million dollars from 2011 to 2012. ($991,175) The anticipated income figures above in my previous post were not just tax income they also included permit fees, interest, and miscellaneous income from the sale of assets. The miscellaneous income alone is down about $25,000 in 2013 v 2012. The 2011 and 2012 income above is also actual income from the year-end amended budgets which was higher than projected income due to unantipicated back taxes being paid. So yes, it is possible to have less income in 2013 than in 2012. (Even with good financial managment) Jim Allred Fire Chief 636-296-2211