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Faith Based Group Believes New Study Can Fix Unaccredited Districts

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- A local faith based group says that a recent study could possibly reveal the key components to revamping suffering school districts. However, they do not completely support the plan.

Carolyn Randazzo with Metropolitan Congregations United for Saint Louis (MUC), says the study conducted by, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, identifies specifically to the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust plan (CEE-Trust), a for profit group that promotes Charter Schools.

The CEE-Trust plan would allow the state to develop an entity called the Community Schools Office in the communities with a district that requires state assistance. The office would be the centralized source for administrative functions and several school operations.

“They rely heavily on an achievement district, which we do not support,” says Randazzo. “Instead, we want to see our local schools maintained and rebuilt. We want to see a strong focus on school culture, curriculum and staffing.”

Recently, the state of Missouri has hired the CEE-Trust in an effort to fix Kansas City schools and unaccredited districts. According to the plan, these schools would be placed under state control, which would give principals and teachers majority input on decisions concerning schools. Parents, at this point, may not have the ability to be as involved as they once were before.

“The State Board will consider this draft plan along with all others we have received to ensure the state is prepared for intervention in unaccredited districts should that become necessary,” Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said. “As part of that process, we encourage public feedback and thoughtful conversation on this and other plans that have been submitted.”

Randazzo says that MCU believes in wrap-around support. They also say that when children go to school, sometimes they need additional help. She also adds that while teachers are key to learning, if a child walks into school hungry and cold, without a regular place to sleep, achievement is not very easy

“We want to see use of widely accepted principles… there are districts in our own state of Missouri, right here in our own community, that are doing an excellent job and they can give us strategies that we need,” says Randazzo.

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