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

Today. Not later. Today. Email State School Board For Local Control of Public Schools

Stop Tastoptaxationworepresentationxation Without Representation.

Please email Missouri State Board of Education and request governance of St. Louis Public Schools be returned to our elected School Board.

The Missouri State Board of Education meets tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 19th). 
Governance of St. Louis Public Schools is on the Agenda
Please write to the State Board of Education at and request that they vote to approve returning governance of St. Louis Public Schools to our elected School Board.


School Board Candidate Views & Goals Survey Answers Now Posted

schoolboardelectionAll the Answers to 25 Views & Goals Questions in 7th Ward Independent Democrats School Board Candidate Survey are posted here.

Candidate Personal Side Survey Answers are here and contact information here.

7 of 7 School Board Candidates support full return of St. Louis City Public Schools governance to the elected School Board.

4 of 7 School Board Candidates oppose electing the St. Louis City School Board by districts instead of at-large.

3 of 7 School Board Candidates support making the St. Louis City School Board a salaried office.

7 of 7 School Board Candidates pledge not to take campaign money from Rex Sinquefield or his PACs.

7 of 7 School Board Candidates pledge to testify against tax abatements.

3 of 7 School Board Candidates want a moratorium or limit on the number of new charter schools than can open in St. Louis City.

2 of 7 School Board Candidates would be open to public tax dollars going to support private education (vouchers, tax credits, or direct appropriation) if the district was flush with cash.

7 of 7 School Board Candidates do not want teachers carrying guns into St. Louis City Public Schools.

5 of 7 School Board Candidates oppose teaching creationism or intelligent design in St. Louis Public Schools.

5 of 7 School Board Candidates oppose allowing the anti-abortion group Thrive to teach its Best Choice abstinence-based sex education program in St. Louis City Public Schools.

1 of 7 School Board Candidates supports consolidation of all school districts in St. Louis City and St. Louis County into one school district.

School Supplies Drive @ Sunday 7th Ward Candidate Forum

schoolsupplies3Don’t forgot to pick up a few school supply items, if you are able, to donate to the 5th Annual 7th Ward School Supplies Drive.

In June, we’ll be collecting school supplies and backpacks this Sunday (June 10th) at the 7th Ward Candidate Forum and on June 25th at the Drinking Liberally Happy Hour.

St. Louis Public Schools School Supplies List

Monday Drinking Liberally Happy Hr

DLphoto3 - Copy6:30-9 pm Monday, March 26, 2018
Drinking Liberally St. Louis Chapter
Happy Hour
Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th, Soulard
RSVP by Noon Sunday

Guest Speakers:

2nd U.S. House District Candidate Mark Osmack. The Riverfront Times recently ran a DLTyusvery interesting piece on Mark: Mark Osmack Is Running for Congress, and You Should Take Him Seriously

The 2nd U.S. House District includes parts of St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and St. Charles County. Please prepare a question for Mark on an international or national issue, or state issue before Congress.

DLSt. Louis City School Board President Susan Jones will give an update on returning governance of St. Louis Public Schools to our elected School Board.

Rex Bingo & Prizes. Maybe.

We’re again collecting food for Lafayette Park United Methodist Church’s Brown Bag Meals Program for the homeless. Thank you to everyone who donated last month. We delivered two large boxes of brown bag foods to the church. Items being collected- individual serving packages of crackers & tuna, crackers & peanut butter, fruit cups, fruit drinks, raisins, applesauce, cookies.