Black Students in Missouri 4 Times as Likely To Be Suspended than White Students
October 12, 2017
A report released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri details the ways in which black students and students with disabilities are disproportionately suspended, arrested and otherwise disciplined in Missouri schools.
• Students with documented learning or behavioral disabilities were given out-of-school suspensions more than three times as often as other students.
• Missouri schools expel preschoolers more frequently than 42 other states.
• There are sworn law enforcement officers in 37.6 percent of Missouri schools, compared to 29 percent nationally.
• Black students were 1.34 times more likely to be arrested at school than white students.
Good News! A Child Care Rating System for Missouri
May 12, 2016
The Missouri legislature gave final approval to a bill that would create a rating system to evaluate and improve child care quality.
It’s a move proponents say will pave the way for the state to compete for millions of dollars of federal grants for early childhood education, while giving parents a set of point-scale ratings on how well day cares are performing. Read more here
St. Louis Apprenticeship in Child Care First in Nation
Advocates in the child-care community have long lamented the dearth of qualified child-care providers, particularly in poorer communities. A new apprenticeship program is working to address this. Click here.
Flance Center Example of Positive model for early learning
Mary Clemons, Women’s Voices board member, had an opportunity to tour the Flance Early Learning Center at the invitation of member Christa Shatz, and with a small group learn about the vision of the Center and the education philosophy. In the 63106 zip code (which has the lowest life expectancy in the St. Louis region), Flance is a mixed income center that can serve 154 children six weeks to six years.
The building is in the heart of the Carr Square Village and across the street from the Jefferson elementary school. The building developed by Urban Strategies has received an award from the American Institute of Architects, is LEED certified and includes a clinic, staffed by a nurse practitioner from Grace Hill clinic, a demonstration kitchen, 13 classrooms, community rooms, a playground with water features and a community garden.
The programs for the children are modeled on the well respected Lume Approach used by the University City Children’s Center. Thanks to Sandra Moore, President of Urban Strategies, Steve Zwolak, Executive director, LUME), and Mark Cross, Center Director for the opportunity to learn about the center and how a quality early childhood program can improve the well being and health of the community, and ultimately lower high school dropout rate.
Women’s Voices co-founder Barbara Finch writes about need to improve educational outcomes for our students
From Post-Dispatch, June 25, 2015
Women’s Voices is concerned about the quality of education available to all children, but especially children in schools that are not fully accredited. We have consistently:
- advocated for fully funding the K-12 funding formula in Missouri
- advocated for legislation at the state and federal levels that advances the quality of public education