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Should Mo. Change School Accreditation Process?

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Public School District’s elected board is calling on the state of Missouri to change the way it handles accreditation.

Board spokeswoman Katherine Wessling says it would be in the best interest of all stakeholders if the department of elementary and secondary education would accredit by school, rather than by district.

Wessling says that could solve some of the logistical problems districts are currently facing in accomodating transfers from unaccredited districts.

She says it would also keep students closer to home.

No word yet on how the special administrative board in charge of St. Louis public schools feels about the suggestion.

Here’s Katherine Wessling’s written statement supplied to local media on Saturday, “To consider individual schools rather than entire districts when determining accreditation will not only address the current logistical concerns being voiced by accredited districts which are affected by accreditation decisions, but it will give families much more accurate information to use when making choices regarding the education of their children. As it is now, with districts as a whole being labeled as unaccredited, individual schools within that district which are achieving see their good results ignored and families are unaware that they even exist Given that most families would prefer to educate their children in the best possible environment that is closest to their home, the switch to accrediting schools rather than districts will give families better information and will also relieve concerns from neighboring districts that they will have to accept influxes of students with little warning or time to prepare. The needs of all stakeholders would be best served by moving from a district-wide accreditation label to a school-by-school accreditation label, and therefore the SLPS BOE is proud to lead the call for such a change on behalf of the schoolchildren of Missouri.”

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