FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) – North St. Louis County residents and the superintendents of their schools gathered at Shalom Church in Florissant Monday night to discuss what could be done about two failing districts: Normandy and Riverview Gardens.

Superintendents from those districts spoke, as did the superintendents of neighboring districts, urging parents not to flee their failing schools but to stick it out and help make it better.

Riverview Gardens and Normandy have both lost accreditation and are now facing hundreds of students leaving, taking their tuition dollars with them.

Educator Arthelda Bush offered to head a task force to look into why the schools came to be unaccredited and what the educational standards are in those districts. She says the response was huge.

“I had parents, I had someone in the insurance business, a provost at a university,” she says. “The parents are the ones who are the recipients of what’s going on but do they really know what the standards are? What are the standards? Where did they come from? Who developed them? Why are they here?”

Bush says the goal is to make education a community issue and to engage parents in their student’s school. She says more than 30 people have signed up for the task force and they will have a meeting in a few weeks.


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