Keefe Says He Resigned As Interim SLU Law Dean To Avoid Being A Lightning Rod

Tom Keefe said said he had been offered the chance to stay on and work with Michael Wolff, now the law school’s new dean, but he wanted to end the controversy over his comments to faculty and students.  

Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Five Candidates Seek Spots On Elected Board For City Schools

Three incumbents are not seeking re-election to the board that continues to meet even though the real power to run the city schools remains in the hands of the Special Administrative Board. Meet the five who are on the ballot in the April general election. Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Education, Issues

Michael Wolff Named New Dean Of SLU Law School

Word of his appointment came one day after Tom Keefe’s resignation as interim dean became public following reports he had been criticized for comments that had angered some at the school. Wolff is a former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and current professor at the law school.

Read Dale Singer’s report at the  St. Louis Beacon.

Read Kelsey Proud’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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School Transfer Case Still Needs To Be Decided, Lawyers Say

Although the St. Louis Public Schools have regained provisional accreditation, lawyers told the Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday that it still needs to render a decision on letting students who live in unaccredited districts transfer to nearby schools.

Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Read Marshall Griffin’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Keefe Out As Interim Dean Of SLU Law School

Tom Keefe the interim dean of the Saint Louis University law school, resigned Monday in the wake of complaints about inappropriate remarks he made, reportedly about students and faculty members.

Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Read Adam Allington and Kelsey Proud’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

 

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Obama, Congressional Leaders Fail To Avert Automatic Spending Cuts

Here are links to stories on the sequester from the Washington Post, C-Span, New York Times and Politico. 

Posted in Economy, Education, Healthcare, Issues

Local Governments, Universities Await Word On What To Do Under Sequestration

While area governments, hospitals and universities expect sequestration to require cuts in programs financed by the federal government, some aren’t sure which ones will be targeted.

Read Bob Joiner’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Listen to analysis on the issue from Joiner and Jo Mannies on the Beacon Roundtable podcast.

Posted in Economy, Education, Healthcare, Issues

Missouri House Passes Bill Allowing Some Schools To Waive Prevailing Wage

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow some school districts to exempt themselves from the prevailing wage requirement for construction and maintenance projects. Read Marshall Griffin’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Building Closings, Job Cuts Recommended for St. Louis Schools

Superintendent Kelvin Adams said the district needs to build up a fund balance and is facing a variety of financial pressures, so it needs to make cuts in personnel and programs.

Read Dale Singer’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Read and listen to Tim Lloyd’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Ladue Schools Choose Inside Candidate As Next Superintendent

The Ladue School District has  chosen Assistant Superintendent Donna Jahnke as its new superintendent. Jahnke has worked in the Ladue schools for 22 years as a teacher, director of community services and principal.

Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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