August 17th, 2004

Turning Around St. Louis Schools

What should a public school district do if only 5% of its high school students can read at a proficient level even though it was spending $11,000 per pupil? This was the case in St. Louis in 2004.

In June, 2003 a newly elected majority school board voted to bring in a company that specializes in turning around troubled businesses. On its second day on the job, the company discovered that, instead of a surplus, the district was facing a $90 million cash flow deficit.

It would prove to be a tumultuous year that included closing schools, protest marches, chaotic school board meetings and a divided community.

Video coming soon.

(Originally aired August 17, 2004)

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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