Don’t Let Out of State Privatization Money Control Our Public Schools

schoolboardelectionFollow the Pro Privatization, Out of State Dark Money in Tuesday’s School Board Election and Don’t Vote for Adam Layne or Tracee Miller.

All sorts of Tuesday candidates & issues information here (scroll down past sample ballot).

7th Ward Committeewoman has endorsed Louis Cross and David Merideth for School Board and Prop S Stormwater Rate.

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

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

Scenes From Sunday’s 5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour

Many Thanks to our favorite committeeman Rasheen Aldridge, of the Mighty 5th Ward, for running the meeting; our venue host 314 The City Bar; all the donors to our Food Drive for Strikers at Christian Health Home; and Guest Speakers: School Board President Susan Jones, School Board Member Donna Jones, 78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, 79th District State Rep. Michael Butler, Captain Rene Kriesmann, and Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly.

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Monday: 3rd Meeting On St. Louis Public School Governance

school-board-meetingMake Your Voice Heard! Speak Out at Monday’s Meeting. Contact SLPS Special Administrative Board and tell them No Taxation Without Representation.

SLPS (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
Meeting On Future Governance Of St. Louis Public Schools
6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest Law Academy, 5140 Riverview
Topic: SLPS Governance by Hybrid Appointed Board (appointed by Mayor, Governor, etc.) with some Elected Board Members
Public Invited
Event webpage

Related news/articles…

11/10/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Researcher’s positive findings on appointed school boards fail to sway St. Louis crowd

11/7/2017 St. Louis American: Community calls for elected school board

11/7/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Speakers tell task force that elected school board is best option for St. Louis

11/6/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: Philosophy versus performance: Who should govern St. Louis Public Schools?

11/2/2017 St. Louis American: SLPS seeks input about future governance

10/27/2017 St. Louis American, Column by Elected School Board President Susan Jones: Transition to an elected SLPS board should begin now

Future meetings… 6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 Location to TBA This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.

Monday Meeting On Future Elected School Board Governance

school-board-meetingMake your voices heard.

Stop taxation without representation.

Return control of our public schools to our elected school board.

6:30 pm Monday, November 6th, 2017
Public Schools Appointed Special Administrative Board
Meeting on Elected Board Governance V
Vashon High School, 3035 Cass
Public Invited
Event webpage

10/11/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Who should run St. Louis schools? Appointed and elected school boards trying to figure that out

The SAB is holding the first of 4 meetings by a special task force it is rushing into being to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. Each meeting will be on a different form of governance, elected boards, appointed boards and hybrid boards which are part appointed and part elected.

It is part of an expedited process the SAB has cooked up to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. It will result in the SAB sending a recommendation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on the future of governance for the SLPS.

This will happen before the end of December so that if any legislation has to be submitted to the Missouri General Assembly, changing how our school board is chosen, DESE will have the time to do so for the 2018 session.

Experts from the Missouri School Boards Association will present information about elected boards to a special task force that the SAB is forming to evaluate the information provided and ask questions of the experts. SAB Member Gaines said the public will also be able to ask questions. There will be opportunities for the public to make their opinions known via the SLPS website and other means.

Subsequent meetings on appointed boards and hybrid boards will be…

6:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Central VPA HS, 3125 S. Kingshighway @ Arsenal
Note: school parking lot is entered off Kemper Avenue, the street one block south of Arsenal and Monday
This will be the meeting on Appointed Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest HS, at 5140 Riverview Blvd
This will be the meeting on Hybrid Appointed & Elected Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017
Location to TBA
This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.

Tuesday School Board Meeting In McKinley Heights

mckinleySt. Louis City Elected Board of Education
6:30 pm Tuesday, August 8th
McKinley Leadership Academy, 2156 Russell
Meeting Agenda

To request being placed on agenda/speak email Slpselectedboard@gmail.com

McKinley is a great school. Check out…
Middle School webpage
High School webpage
Band Boosters webpage
Alumni Association webpage

The October 10th meeting will be at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, 1220 North 10th in Carr Square Neighborhood, 5th Ward.

7th Ward Endorsements

VoteMen and women have fought, died, bled, suffered much to ensure your right to vote. Honor them by voting.

7th Ward Independent Democrats and 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski have endorsed the following candidates and positions on ballot issues.

Mayor: Elect Lyda Krewson
Comptroller: Re-Elect Darlene Green
7th Ward Alderman: Jack Coatar
School Board (vote for three): Elect Dorothy Rohde-Collins; Elect James Ira ReeceRe-Elect Susan Jones
Community College Trustee, Sub-district 2 (vote for one): Elect Ciera Simril
Vote No on Prop A Body Cam Scam
Vote No on Prop B Election Date Scam
Vote Yes on Prop C City Resident Preferance
Vote No on Prop 1 Eco Devo Sales Tax Increase
Vote No on Prop 2 Used Tax for Soccer Stadium
Vote No on Prop NS Property Tax Hike for Vacant Bldg Program