Report Finds Slight Growth at St. Louis Schools
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new study of the St. Louis public school system finds slight recent enrollment growth in what appears to reverse a 40-year exodus of public school children from the city.
The report shows that 5 percent more students were enrolled in St. Louis charter and district schools in the 2012-13 school year than in 2008. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Superintendent Kelvin Adams announced the findings on Thursday in a rare joint appearance at City Hall.
But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 19,000 children in the city still lack access to schools that meet state standards. Most of those children are concentrated in six ZIP codes in the city's extreme north and south ends.