State Takes Over East St. Louis Schools; Board Members Feel Decision is "Full of Crap"

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East St. Louis High School 100 years ago. Now a ward of the state of Illinois.
It's been five years since the St. Louis public schools lost their accreditation and were transferred to the care of the state. Now the same fate has befallen the public schools of East St. Louis.

The Illinois state board of education voted unanimously yesterday to dissolve the school board in East St. Louis and replace it with state officials. This is the first time the state has ever taken over a school district.

The state also issued a $30 million to the East St. Louis district, but only on the condition that the old school board be replaced.

Last year the state had taken over the district's finances and warned that it would take over the educational aspects, too, unless test scores went up. This school year, however, only 60 percent of the students managed to meet or exceed state performance standards.

"It's become obvious that we will not be able to move forward with student achievement with the current board in place," state superintendent Christopher Koch told the board. "This is not an easy recommendation to make."

But some of the old school board members refused to go quietly.

"Show me where my vote stopped someone from getting a good score or getting a decent education," former board member Carl Officer told St. Louis Public Radio. "I'm not going to let the state superintendent or any other yahoo in Springfield walk around telling me, we're removing you because your kids didn't do well -- you are full of crap."



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Ghosts of WGNU
Ghosts of WGNU

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Leftist_Commies
Leftist_Commies

 Here's a newflash: repeating your Anti-White racism ad naseum is borderling psychotic. Trying leaping off a bridge because Whitey ain't your bitch anymore.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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Leftist_Commies
Leftist_Commies

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Leftist_Commies
Leftist_Commies

 You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.  You're repeating yourself.

Ghosts of WGNU
Ghosts of WGNU

Today, it's Leftist_Commies. Before that, it was Juden_Goat. Can't remember what your other names have been, but it's still the same old crap from you, huh Earl/Gordie/Frank wannabe in whatever basement you're living in, eh? And what will you call yourself next week? Douchy_McDouchebag (seems fitting)? How much did you get paid to post this time? Must be better than having a REAL job. Still the same old garbage from you. It was old the first time you posted. Chad Garrison and other RFT editors, do you realize just how ridiculous this is making you look, seriously? Someone suggested you use some sort of editing tool in Disqus; I highly recommend you take a serious look at it. Otherwise you'll become the laughingstock you ripped STLToday for becoming before they changed their system. Just some friendly advice.

Leftist_Commies
Leftist_Commies

These colored children will never rise above the level of savage barbarians. It's just not in their genetics. You can no more educate a colored than you can teach a bear to sing. 

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