Recent events in St. Louis trouble the State Board of Education, but no move is planned yet to take over the district. The forced resignation of St. Louis School Superintendent Creg Williams prompted some to call for a state takeover. State School Board member, Vanetta Rogers of St. Louis, says there’s too much politics and too little concern about children. St. Louis has had six school superintendents the past three years. One state school board member says it has fallen from a district on the rise to one in deterioration. Still, State Board President, Peter Herschend, says now is not the time to talk state takeover. He says the role of the State Board of Education is not to take over the operations of local school districts. A five-member committee, chaired by Washington University Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth and attorney Frankie Freeman, has been appointed to advise the board on St. Louis. The remaining members are attorney Ned Lemkemeier, University of Missouri-Columbia Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton and St. Louis American Publisher Donald Suggs.
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