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New Mayor in St. Louis 2

I am cautiously pessimistic about the new major of St. Louis, Tashaura Jones. She has run the City Treasurer’s Office in a very personal political manner; hiring contractors to large contractors who were friends and without bidding. I hope she can do better as Mayor and bring people together. The job is very tough for anyone. Crime is rampant, schools are a mess, population has declined, and the city is a mess. Written by Paul Dribin

School Closings Again

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen who have no legal say in the matter voted to keep all school buildings open in St.Louis. This makes no sense as enrollment is down and the money spent to keep these buildings open could be used to educate children. Another case of lack of leadership and political grandstanding. Written by Paul Dr

School Busing

No social policy has ever been more unpopular than school busing. Both whites and blacks hated it, costs were hugely expensive, and the results were spotty at best. All this to achieve an artificial goal of racial integration. What if the costs were put back into improving the neighborhood schools and encouraging voluntary integration. Just saying. Written by Paul Dribin

Measurement of School Districts

I read a fascinating article in the New York Times which verified my thoughts about measuring educational progress. The success of school districts has been typically measured in terms of average test scores. This gives a distorted view of school districts with low income students who often start school behind the eight ball.

Research has now shown that the most meaningful measurement of progress is to measure the starting test scores and the ending test scores five years later. The progress is what is considered most important. The best performing school districts get students up to grade level in five years. I always thought the most meaningful accomplishment was for each student to demonstrate marked improvement. Interestingly, the Chicago School District had the best record in the country by this metric.

Written by Paul Dribin

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