Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ferguson Commission Report Makes Recommendations On How To Improve Missouri Schools.

Education Week (9/14, Blad) highlights the findings of the Ferguson Commission concerning education in the St. Louis area. The Ferguson Commission was assembled by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon last November after the shooting of Michael Brown and the resulting protests in order to complete a “thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions that impede progress, equality, and safety in the St. Louis region.” On Monday, the commission released a 198-page report with many recommendations with one major pillar being improving the lives of children in poverty, in part through better education. The report says, “In the area of child well-being, the calls to action address supporting the whole child, ending hunger for children and families, reforming school discipline, and leveraging the influence of schools to improve childhood health.” The report also recommends that the state redesign its accreditation process for schools to better ensure students.

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