Monday, February 11, 2008

WHY? But more importantly, HOW?

What is happening with Missouri’s public schools? In Saint Louis, apparently they are being closed. Since 2003, at least 18 Saint Louis Public Schools have been shut down. Now 8 more schools are being slated for closure, leaving concerned parent’s asking “Why?” According to Deanna Anderson, Saint Louis Public School’s Chief Operating Officer, “because there’s 43,000 seats in the Saint Louis Public Schools and we have 28,000 students.” This, of course, only answers part of the “Why?”

Concerned parents also want to know why the Saint Louis Public School district continues to be engaged in a lawsuit that has already cost its taxpayers millions of dollars. Cole County circuit court Judge Callahan has already ruled in favor of the state, but plaintiff school districts, such as Saint Louis, continue to blindly push the case through the courts with money that could be spent on improving the city’s schools. “Why?”

Well, hopefully some of these questions will be addressed at town hall meetings scheduled this week. Concerned citizens, parents, and children affected by these measures will continue to ask “Why?”

Of course, many of the answers given won’t make any sense, in which case we who pay taxes only to see the money meant for our children’s education frivolously thrown at attorneys engaged in a lawsuit bordering on lunacy, will have to retort “No!” The excuses for such erroneous excesses of spending don’t hold up. Isn’t it time we stop asking “Why?” The real question now is “How?”

How do we stop this? Town hall meetings are:

· Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.

Lexington Elementary, 5030 Lexington Ave.

· Tuesday, February 12 at 6 p.m.

Wyman Elementary, 1547 S. Theresa Ave.

· Wednesday, February 13 at 6 p.m.

Walbridge Elementary, 5000 Davison Ave.

· Thursday, February 14 at 6 p.m.

Blow Middle, 516 Loughborough Ave.

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