Maurice Harris

In today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an article discusses preparations for opening the city's schools soon, and the new unity that is growing between the Special Administrative Board and the district:

The Special Administrative Board now running the St. Louis Public Schools joined the district superintendent and the presidents of the teachers and principals unions in a show of unity on Tuesday to declare a "fresh start" for the troubled district.

Schools open on Monday for the district, and its goal is to have full attendance on the first day. The new board and district officials, in their new display of unity, plan to make appearances across the city to encourage parents to send their kids to school on that first day. It will be crucial that attendance is high if the new board wants to show that it has legitimacy. Hopefully, their efforts — which range from church appearances to back-to-school festivals — will bring the high-percentage turnout they hope to instigate.

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