DESE hires outside vendor to try and save failing schools

DESE hires outside vendor to try and save failing schools

Date: August 20, 2013
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau

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The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education says it's bringing in outside help to save Missouri's failing school districts.
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Wrap: Members from both the state school board and DESE approved a partnership with the consulting firm CEE Trust Tuesday in order to find solutions for the state's unaccredited districts.

State Board president Peter Herschend says the Riverview Gardens, Normandy and Kansas City Public School districts are facing a crisis that state organizations can't face on their own.

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Description: "We go to an outside consultant for two reasons: One, we don't have the manpower internally and two, an outside consultant is just that. They have a broader exposure to what has and hasn't worked around the country."

The firm is expected to release its recommendations to the board by January 1st of next year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Mallin. Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

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The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education has enlisted an outside consultant to figure out how to fix Missouri's failing schools.
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Wrap: At a state board of education meeting Tuesday, the state board announced a partnership with CEE Trust. 

The group will analyze ways to remedy what one board member called a crisis for the state's unaccredited and underperforming schools.

CEE will operate primarily out of the Kansas City Public Schools, but DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the department is considering hiring another firm exclusive to the suffering St. Louis area schools.

The firm is expected to release its recommendations to the board by January 1 of next year, but the board says the public will have a chance to give input on the changes before anything goes into effect.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Mallin. Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

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The state education department is calling on an outside vendor to get input on how Missouri can fix its failing schools.
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Wrap: The consulting firm CEE Trust will be investigating potential fixes for the state's unaccredited districts.

Board of Education President Peter Herschend says compiling the necessary information to help suffering schools is too much weight for the state to handle on its own.

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Description: "That's what we pay them for. Bring them in and listen to what they can tell us about what can we learn of what others have done."

CEE will operate primarily out of the Kansas City Public Schools, but DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the department is considering hiring another firm exclusive to the suffering St. Louis area schools.

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the issue once the recommendations are released on January 1st of next year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Mallin. Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

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With three Missouri school districts currently stripped of their accreditation, the state's education department is enlisting an outside vendor to help fix failing schools.
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Wrap: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the consulting firm CEE Trust will be investigating potential fixes.

CEE will operate primarily out of the Kansas City Public Schools district, but DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the department is considering hiring another firm exclusive to the suffering St. Louis area districts.

At a Tuesday Board of Education meeting, several of the state's top education officials said the suffering schools are facing a crisis that can only be fixed through broad based changes.

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the issue once the recommendations are released on January 1st of next year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Mallin. Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

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State education officials have called on an outside vendor to find ways to fix failing Missouri schools.
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Wrap: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says it is enlisting The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust to help with improving the state's unaccredited and underperforming districts.

CEE will be doing research out of the Kansas City Public Schools District, but a spokeswoman with DESE says the department is considering hiring another to look at the two unaccredited St. Louis area districts.

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the issue once the recommendations are released on January 1st of next year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Mallin. Newsradio 1120, KMOX.


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