(KTVI)-The entire discussion about school transfers has centered on school districts and students transferring from unaccredited districts to other districts. But what's missing here is the moral dimension of the argument. What sort of free public education do we as a community want for our kids? And what are we willing to do to get it?
The unaccredited districts of Normandy and Riverview Gardens have often been sinkholes of poor academic performance, dangerous classrooms, and corruption. But we as a community have often been willing to ignore it because our own kids don’t attend those districts.
On the Jaco Report, Charles Jaco first sits down with Mike Jones, Vice President of the state Board of Education. Jones is also a senior policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
Then Charles takes a look at whether the state of Missouri is disconnected from the school transfer situation. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, says he will not call a special session of the legislature to deal with school transfers and Republican legislative leaders indicate not much will be done this upcoming session. Charles talks about the situation in Jefferson City with State Representative Genise Montecillo, a Democrat representing the 92nd legislative district in the Affton area of south St. Louis County. She spent over twenty years as a teacher in St. Louis County’s Special School District and she’s a member of the House Education Committee.