St. Louis Academies
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"The St Louis Academies, started by inner-city black ministers, are an example of charter schools arising from a religious community's response to local needs. You can read the fascinating story of these non-religious schools and their visionary leaders: a bishop and a marine."
This page is a guide to "the fascinating story."
Here is what happened and why: Sunday School and Beyond: black ministers start schools to fill in gaps by Craig Savoye for The Christian Science Monitor, January 29, 2002. (7.2 k)
More about the political context (*): The Bishop and the Marine for the Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2001. (5.2 k) * Yes, they now have a charter sponsor, the University of Missouri at Rolla. [the link no longer works -- http://www.childrenfirstamerica.org/DailyNews/01Aug/082801.html]
More of the fascinating
details in a four-part series by King Kaufman for Salon, beginning October
29, 2001. (5.1 k per page, average)
1. Tuition-free, back-to-basics, inner-city private schools
2. "It's a passion to work with impoverished learners."
3. "We're operating on a shoestring, there's no doubt," Daniels says.
4. "A lot of times these unfriendly streets don't allow you to be disciplined, you can get caught up."