Missouri education officials want to intervene sooner in school district that are struggling to maintain accreditation. That was the jist of the plan officials with the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education outlined at a public meeting on the UMSL campus Tuesday night. Education officials held the meeting to gather feedback on the proposed plan to improve performance in stuggling districts.
Most of the speakers expressed concerns that the plan doesn't do enough to help districts that are already failing and burdened with the cost of a state mandated transfer program, districts like Normandy.
Missouri Education Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicastro spoke with Fox 2 News. She acknowledges that the problems in Normandy go beyond those addressed by DESE's proposal. "Unless something significant happens in the legislature to alter the course, it's pretty clear that the transfer program expenditures will cause the district to go bankrupt," Nicastro said.
Many at last night's meeting also took the opportunity to criticize the transfer program and its affect on districts like Normandy. That includes Maryville University Professor Emeritus Dan Rocchio. "We need to be changing the system within the district," Rocchio said, "as opposed to spending money to send kids outside the district."