The State Board of Education is expected to vote, Wednesday, on whether the state’s largest public school district – St. Louis Public Schools – should lose its accreditation. At its last meeting, the State Board voted to put in place a three-member transitional school board to take control if and when the elected board is replaced.
On the eve of this State Board vote, a dozen St. Louis school students met with state education officials to express the students’ concerns about the possibility of a power shift. The students fear their chances of getting accepted to a college or university would be affected by the fact they would be graduating from a school district that is unaccredited.
Jim Morris with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says education officials have received no indication that coming from an unaccredited district would have any impact on students and their plans to attend institutions of higher learning. Morris says those institutions focus on such things as applications, ACT scores, and transcripts when deciding on which students to accept.