Monday Meeting On Backdoor Plan To Limit Governance By School Board

school7:30 am Monday, April 1, 2019
Consortium Partnership Network Meeting
SLPS Administration Building
801 N 11th
Open Meeting followed by Closed Meeting

Notice/Agenda on SLPS website

The Consortium is a plan by the (Appointed) Special Administrative Board to remove schools from governance of the Elected St. Louis City School Board. It’s expected that the State will end the Special Administrative Board’s control of St. Louis Public Schools soon and return SLPS governance to the Elected School Board.

It is exactly what parents, educators, and the public told the (Appointed) Special Administrative Board’s Task Force on Governance that they did not want- a hybrid version of governance instead of governance by the Elected Board.

Autonomy of public schools is the latest incarnation of so-called school choice and privatized public schools paid for with public tax dollars.

According to School Board Candidate David Merideth, in response to a question on the Consortium Partnership Network in St. Louis Schools Watch Candidate Survey: “The CPN board will consist of the president of the governing body of SLPS, the superintendent of SLPS, a parent representative of a school assigned to the district and an appointee of both the mayor and the president of the board of aldermen.”

We’re right back to the hybrid school district governance model- some schools governed by Elected School Board and some governed by political appointees- that we were told by experts, at the November 13, 2017, Task Force on Governance Meeting, was a bad idea.

Tuesday, April 2nd is a very important School Board Election. Which School Board Candidates are backed by the people and dark money working for public school privatization? Adam Layne and Tracee Miller. Don’t let them get elected. Vote for David Merideth and Louis Cross.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

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School Board Candidate Information

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3/27/2019 St. Louis American: SLPS board candidates debate as seven vie for two open spots on April 2

3/25/2019 St. Louis Young Democrats Candidate Forum Video on Facebook

3/13/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Residents Pepper School Board Candidates On Ties To Charter Schools

St. Louis Schools Watch Survey

St. Louis League of Women Voters Candidates & Issues Guide

School Board Notes: Daniel McCready has dropped out but remains on ballot. Incumbent Katie Wessling, who had not filed for re-election, has now officially filed as a Write-In Candidate.

 

Saturday Absentee Voting Downtown

absentee-ballot-copySpecial Absentee Voting 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 30th at Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

The April 2nd General Election features Board President, Aldermen of even numbered wards, School BoardCommunity College Trustee, Metropolitan Sewer District rate increase.

School Board Notes: Daniel McCready has dropped out but remains on ballot. Incumbent Katie Wessling, who had not filed for re-election, has now officially filed as a Write-In Candidate.

You may also vote Absentee in person 8 am to 5 pm Friday and Monday at the Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

Absentee Voting Information here.

Check your Voter Registration here.

Sample ballot at Board of Election here.

League of Women Voters Candidates and Issues Guide here.

School Board Candidate Forum @ Central Library Tonight

schoolboardforumAsk the School Board Candidates Questions Today, Hear the School Board Candidates Monday Night.

6-8 pm Monday, March 25th, 2019
St. Louis City School Board Candidate Forum
Central Library, 1301 Olive
ASL Interpreters
Child Care provided

Moderated by League of Women Voters

Sponsored by St. Louis Young Democrats, Mighty 5th Ward Democrats & Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge, 7th Ward Independent Democrats & Committeewoman Marie Ceselski, 15th Ward Democrats

Submit Questions online here

Event Facebook page

St. Louis Schools Watch Candidate Survey

League of Women Voters Guide with School Board Candidates

Absentee Voting is in process for the election. The deadline for Absentee Ballot by Mail has passed. You may vote Absentee 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 30th at Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

Absentee Ballot Info

Sample Ballot @ Board of Election

Check your Voter Registration here

Today/Wednesday: Last Day To Apply For Absentee Ballot By Mail

absentee-ballot-copyThis election features Board President, Aldermen of even numbered wards, School Board, Community College Trustee, Metropolitan Sewer District rate increase.

5 pm Today, Wednesday, March 20th is last day to apply for an Absentee Ballot for April 2nd Election by mail.

You can vote Absentee in person 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

Special Saturday in person Absentee Voting Hours 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 30th at Board of Election, 300 N Tucker. If you need a ride, call Marie at 314-630-7599.

Absentee Voting Information including printable Absentee Ballot Application here.

Check your Voter Registration here.

Sample ballot at Board of Election here

Tonight: Sewer District Rate Hike Vote Meeting @ O’Fallon Rec Center

6 pm Monday, March 18th
YMCA O’Fallon Park & Rec Center

4343 West Florissant

 

Public Transit: #18 Taylor, #74 Florissant
MSD is allowed under law to propose the ballot issue, without going to St. Louis County Council or St. Louis City Board of Aldermen, and then “educate” the public on it. As long as they tell voters why it is needed, or what horrible things will happen if it fails, without saying vote for it, it’s legal for them to hold these meetings.
I’m not arguing for or against the proposal. Per emails and texts, some people are confused about where this ballot issue comes from and why a public agency can campaign for a ballot issue (which, technically, they are not). And the MSD social media notices do not say Rate Increase or Ballot Issue in subject lines, so this is the sort of ballot issue that results in people wanting to know why their rate/tax went up after the fact. This post is an attempt to make this ballot issue a bit more transparent.
–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman