ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A wave of school transfers spurred by a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling is opening old wounds and reviving difficult conversations in St. Louis about race, class and equal access to public education.
Nearly 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts are leaving for better-performing schools in other districts, with the two troubled districts required to pay an estimated $30 million to accommodate the moves. School leaders say it's only a matter of time before they go bankrupt.
Parents, politicians and community leaders in some outlying districts say they worry the newcomers will bring increased delinquency, larger class sizes and lower test scores. Much of the outrage was on display last month at public school board meeting of the Francis Howell district, which begins classes on Thursday.
The Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard bridge over Interstate 64/US 40 is open again. The highway overpass reopened Wednesday evening.
MoDOT had closed the bridge in July so that crews could raise it to allow more clearance for high profile vehicles traveling on I-64.
The ramp from Spirit to eastbound I-64 has also reopened.
The Humane Society of Missouri's disaster response team in St. Louis is being called into action because of flooding in south central Missouri. A four-member team has taken a large animal rescue trailer to Waynesville to house up to 100 pets whose owners have nowhere to keep them until the flood waters recede.
The St. Louis shelter will also accept 15 dogs from the Waynesville shelter to make room for local pets displaced by flooding. The dogs will be made available for adoption in St. Louis.