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SLPS Receives $96 Million From Desegregation Capital Fund

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11/21/11-SLPS superintendent Dr. Kevin Adams (at podium) speaks during a press conference Monday. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

11/21/11-SLPS superintendent Dr. Kevin Adams (at podium) speaks during a press conference Monday. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It’s being called a “significant step toward full accreditation” for the St. Louis Public School District.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams Monday announced that the plaintiffs in a desegregation lawsuit against city schools have agreed to a 3-year proposal which will balance the district’s budget and fund academic programs and transportation.

“We’ll dedicate a portion of the funds resulting from the settlement to support much-needed efforts to provided a high-quality education to the children of St. Louis and stabilize the financial condition of the district,” Dr. Adams said during a press conference at Stix Early Childhood Center.

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Bill Douthit is an attorney for the family of Craton Liddell, which filed the lawsuit back in 1972.

“The primary interest of the Liddell interest has been, and continues to be, improving educational opportunities and increasing academic achievement and results for all students,” Douthit said.

St. Louis Public School District officials announced that the litigants have accepted a three-year proposal which will balance the district’s budget and fund academic programs.

The proposal, which was approved on November 16th, will allocate $96.1 million from the Desegregation Capital Fund to help pay for academic and student support programs that have traditionally been underfunded, or not funded at all.

“I would like to thank the parties for the support shown throughout this process,” said Dr. Adams, SLPS Superintendent. “Funding through the proposal will strengthen the district’s current financial position while setting the path for future growth through academic and training programs.”

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