Here are the facts:
•According to the St. Louis Public Schools 1999-00 annual report enrollment was 45,801. In 1970 it was 115,233. Over 69,000 students (60%) left while no charter schools were open.
•Between 2000 and 2020, the district lost 48% of its enrollment, with charter schools. 60% of SLPS loss left the City; 40% went to charters.
•In 2020 SLPS’ graduation rate was only 72% and their graduation rate for special needs students was only 58%.
•From 2015 – 2019, 62% of SLPS students attended a persistently failing school in the bottom 10% of schools STATEWIDE in both English and Math.
•Black students in charter schools outperform black students attending SLPS by over 80%.•In 2019, 27% of the schools STATEWIDE in the bottom 5% were SLPS schools.
We have a lot of options in St. Louis, why shouldn't there be a moratorium?
1.All means all. Every child in the City of St. Louis should have access to a high quality education. That has yet to be realized.
2.Charter schools are about options. Every charter school opened because families wanted options. A moratorium removes family choice.
3.Innovation happens when we a
llow for options. Stagnation happens when we don’t.
4.More good schools help everyone by attracting more people, increasing property values, and bringing in more money for public education.
5.People with wealth have choices. A moratorium hits poor people the most. They cannot afford to move. They cannot afford tuition. They are stuck.
Is the objective to increase the enrollment in St. Louis Public Schools or keep and attract families to live in the City of St. Louis?
An educational plan for the City which ensures there is a quality public school seat for every child is a great idea. A plan identifying where there is an overabundance of quality seats and where there are gaps makes a lot of sense. A moratorium isn't needed for that to happen!