Messenger: New report finds old culprit in education disparities in St. Louis funding and division | Tony Messenger

This is not just another report to sit on the shelf examining how white students tend to score better on standardized tests than Black students. This is a report that, perhaps for the first time in St. Louis, or at least since the Spainhower Commission study in the 1960s, examines the root causes of that disparity. They are: funding, created by an over-reliance on property taxes; and the divisions created by having 29 separate school districts spread over St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, the areas the report examined.

“The right diagnosis is essential for the right treatment,” says Karishma Furtado, one of the report’s authors. Three numbers from the report help tell the story of education disparity in St. Louis. When comparing majority white vs. majority Black school districts, white districts receive $1,698 more per student; the best funded white district spends $8,412 more per child

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New center in north St. Louis County provides education and workforce development opportunities

There’s a new center in north St. Louis County and it’ll help provide higher education and workforce development opportunities.

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The new center was made possible by Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network.


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It is where the former McKinley Elementary School once was at 6800 Normandale Drive.

A ribbon-cutting was held on Monday at the Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center will provide opportunities to underserved populations throughout the community.

“We could not be more thrilled to open the new Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center,” said Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr., President of HSSU. “This Center will serve as a bridge to higher education at Harris-Stowe State University and provide educational and job training opportunities for students and families residing in the Normandy Collaborative School District and parts of North St. Louis County. Our partnership with

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