Reimagining Education

Supreme Court Backs State Intervention in St. Louis Schools

By: St. Louis Business Journal

Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 2:51pm CST

Original story at (http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/)

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the state’s intervention in St. Louis Public Schools.

The decision, handed down Tuesday, supports the appointment of the three-member special administrative board that took over when the city school district lost its accreditation in 2007.

The elected school board fought to have the SAB removed with its lawsuit, arguing that the new board ignored St. Louis voters’ rights.

But the Supreme Court upheld the circuit court’s decision, citing the state legislature’s ability to determine the powers of a school board.

The decision was 7-0.

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