Slay Sees Charter Schools as Answer to City School Problems
ST. LOUIS (AP) - With a public school district so troubled the state took control of it this year, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is pushing a plan to attract several new public charter schools to help lure families back to the city. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that Slay is sending roughly 70 letters to educators, nonprofit education groups and big charter school companies. The letters invite each to start a school in St. Louis. Slay hopes to add as many as 30 new charter schools in the next ten years -- schools that would steer thousands of children away from the public school district. Peter Downs is president of the elected city school board. He says Slay's plan sounds like one, quote, "to abandon half the children in St. Louis."