- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
New alternative schools in jeopardy, despite acclaim
ST. LOUIS -- Two new St. Louis schools, hailed as national models by supporters of alternatives to public education, will likely shut down after this year unless they are approved as charter schools, organizers said.
The opening of the tuition-free St. Louis Academies this year was unprecedented, because it was done in a matter of weeks, entirely with private money.
Organizers had hoped to open six schools this year for 3,000 St. Louis children. But the group of ministers, educators and investors had hoped for approval to become a state-funded charter school. When that approval didn't materialize, they scrambled and opened two schools for fewer than 500 children.
Charter status would have to be approved by April.