Maurice Harris

Today, the Cole County Circuit Court will decide if the St. Louis School Board deserves a restraining order against the State Education Board. According to the attorneys for the St. Louis School Board, one of the arguments that they make is that the State Board of Education has no right in appointing a transitional board.

The lawsuit makes more than two dozen claims, basically arguing that the state acted unconstitutionally in removing accreditation and setting up an appointed board.

Well, knowing as little as I do about the role of the State Board of Education, they do decide on accreditation of school districts. And under state law, they have the lawful right in setting up an appointed board as stated in Missouri Revised Statue section 162.1100. So if that is one of their arguments, it should be dead in the water. Overall, it's time for the St. Louis School Board to stop trying to save themselves.  As a student who attended the St. Louis Public Schools for my whole life, I have never seen a school board that has acted against the students' best interest, while claiming to do otherwise. Enough of the bickering and attacks that have taken focus off of the students, and time to put in a board that will focus one one thing: getting the SLPS back on track.

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Maurice Harris