The Jaco Report: SLPS Superintendent Kelvin Adams
Apr13

The Jaco Report: SLPS Superintendent Kelvin Adams

When Dr. Kelvin Adams was hired by the appointed Special Administrative Board in 2008, the St. Louis Public Schools had around 30,000 students, had lost it’s academic accreditation, faced a $25 million budget deficit, and was coming off of six years of turmoil that saw four superintendents come and go. Eleven years later, there are only 21,000 students in the city’s schools. Full academic accreditation has been restored, the deficit...

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Superintendent ‘hopeful’ as elected board poised to regain control
Apr13

Superintendent ‘hopeful’ as elected board poised to regain control

After almost a dozen years of state control that have seen increased stability, rising attendance rates, climbing test scores, and a budget deficit turned into a surplus in the St. Louis Public Schools, the city’s elected school board is about to regain control of the school system. On Tuesday, the Missouri State Board of Education meets in St. Louis and will vote to return control to the seven-member elected board, despite concerns...

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The Jaco Report: Airport Privatization
Apr11

The Jaco Report: Airport Privatization

One of the nation’s leading experts in transportation infrastructure says the current St. Louis study on potentially privatizing Lambert International Airport is flawed. He thinks that whether Lambert is privatized or remains a city property, the airport needs to be re-built from scratch to become a viable 21stcentury facility. Professor Ray Mundy, emeritus director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of...

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The Jaco Report: UMSL Professor Terry Jones
Apr02

The Jaco Report: UMSL Professor Terry Jones

Terry Jones literally wrote the book on civic division in St. Louis, and says the Better Together plan to unify St. Louis city and St. Louis County into one huge “metro-city” is undemocratic, autocratic, and a waste of valuable time. Jones, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of “Fragmented by Design”, a 2000 book that traced the history of political divisions between the...

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Merger backers better be stocking up on Bondo and duct tape
Apr02

Merger backers better be stocking up on Bondo and duct tape

I owned a 1963 VW bug in college. It was serviceable mechanically, but the body was held together with Bondo and duct tape, all unevenly sanded and then spray-painted over so that it was several shades of splotchy white—a car with a combination of vitiligo and acne that didn’t look too bad if you squinted after a few beers, but which in the harsh noon of a hangover looked a scabrous marshmallow left to blotch and melt in the sun. It...

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