The Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools appears before the State Board of Education, providing a progress report on the troubled district. Superintendent Diana Bourisaw told Board members efforts are underway to improve test scores, attract and retain quality teachers, and to improve fiscal accountability. She points out the Board adopted a 2006-2007 school year budget in which revenues and expenditures are balanced. Currently, the district is provisionally accredited. The State Board of Education could make a decision, in the new year, as to whether the district should be unaccredited. If declared unaccredited, the district would have two full school years in which to regain accreditation or the state would take over. Bourisaw, who took over only a few short months ago, says progress is being made. But she acknowledges the St. Louis Public School District is not where it needs to be.
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