A judge in Jefferson City hands a defeat to the elected school board of St. Louis.
Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has ruled the State Board of Education was within its right to remove accreditation from St. Louis Schools and to set up an appointed transition board. The elected board of St. Louis has the option of appealing, but Jim Morris with the State Education Department says the ruling appears to be, "A pretty clear and unequivocal support for the basis upon which the State Board of Education made its decision."
In March of last year, the State Board declared St. Louis Public Schools to be unaccredited, after concluding that the district had met only four of the state’s 14 academic performance measures. That decision took effect on June 15th, allowing the state to remove the local board of education and replace it with an appointed, three-person special administrative board.