Only one board member cast a dissenting vote, making the analogy it was like handing someone a pistol and ask them to kill themselves.
Several parents made signs, calling on education officials to “protect our kids” and “support neighborhood schools.”
“It’s very expensive,” Thomas-Murray with St. Louis Public Schools says. “We spent over $2 million in homeless transportation last year.”
The vote came Thursday morning during a special meeting at the district’s headquarters.
Parents are angry because they see their district as worsening after an exodus of students from the unaccredited district over the summer.
The first were scheduled Monday in St. Charles and St. Louis, where student transfers out of unaccredited districts have received particular attention.
Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, says the district had 99 percent attendance on the first day.
University City School Board member Rod Jennings credited with saving Officer Pete Liparoto.
The $385,000 contract with The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust seeks recommendations by January that could later be implemented in the Kansas City School District and potentially also in Normandy, Riverview Gardens or any other districts that become unaccredited.
Rep. Mike Colona, D-. St. Louis, says he feels good about the eventual outcome because stakeholders, including parents and children, will have input.