SECOND REGULAR SESSION

House Concurrent Resolution No. 27

96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES HUBBARD (Sponsor), MONTECILLO, LAMPE, NASHEED, BROWN (50), CURTMAN, ATKINS, SPRENG, PACE, COLONA, ELLINGER, OXFORD, SMITH (71), MAY, WALTON GRAY, CARTER AND HUGHES (Co-sponsors).

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            WHEREAS, the achievements of good students and good teachers in the St. Louis Public Schools are sometimes overlooked in the shadows cast by the district's unaccredited status; and


            WHEREAS, many examples of academic achievement, thoughtful and caring instruction, and good leadership can be found, such as:


            (1) Offering a wide variety of approaches to learning, the range of schools in the district include early childhood centers to schools that focus on math and science, alternative schools, e-Mints centers, and prestigious International Baccalaureate programs;


            (2) St. Louis Public Schools include Gold Star and Blue Ribbon schools, federal awards based on achievement and improvements;


            (3) The district has moved steadily forward in accumulating points needed to regain accreditation;


            (4) The rate of improvement in the district schools, measured by the Missouri Assessment Program, far outstrips the state's average rate of improvement;


            (5) The number and percentage of schools making adequate yearly progress on all indicators has steadily increased over the last three years;


            (6) All of the district's high schools are individually accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement;


            (7) The 1,873 high school graduates of the Class of 2011 have been accepted at 245 colleges and universities, and have received $23.3 million in scholarships;


            (8) The district's voters showed their confidence in the schools by approving a $155 million bond package for facility renovation;


            (9) A focus on early learning has added 37 prekindergarten classrooms, and prekindergarten now enrolls more than 2,200 students compared to a total of 22,688 in K-12;


            (10) A teacher corps of just under 2,000 has accomplished this, despite a 10% rate of homelessness among their students and 9% of their students having English as a second language; and


            WHEREAS, it has taken courageous leadership from the superintendent, the special administrative board, school principals, and other civic leaders to begin to overcome decades of inertia, and the progress of the past three years provides an occasion to be hopeful of more:


            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-sixth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby congratulates the students and teachers of the St. Louis Public Schools for the progress the school district has made in its journey towards re-accreditation, and encourage the thousands of parents and taxpayers who support the district with time, money, and good wishes to continue their support even as they continue to hold high expectations for more progress to come; and


            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the Superintendent of Schools for the St. Louis Public School District.