‘Public Education at a Crossroads’: Brown School, Teach for America co-sponsor panel discussion Jan. 26

Legislators, St. Louis education officials to discuss impact of Turner v. Clayton and the Outstanding Schools Act

Teach For America-St. Louis and the Brown School Policy Forum at Washington University in St. Louis will host a panel discussion on “St. Louis Public Education at a Crossroads: The Outstanding Schools Act, Turner v. Clayton, and the Future,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Brown Hall, Room 100.

The event will bring together Missouri legislators and education officials to discuss how Turner v. Clayton is impacting state legislation.

In Turner v. Clayton, a court ruled that the State of Missouri must enforce the Outstanding Schools Act, which states that students living in unaccredited districts may attend school at a neighboring accredited district at the expense of the unaccredited district. The decision, in favor of the Turner family, has since been appealed and is waiting to be heard again.

The case and resulting judicial or legislative action will have significant ramifications for many of the students in the St. Louis area.

Panelists are:

  • State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
  • State Sen. Jane Cunningham
  • State Rep. Scott Diekhaus, chair, House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • State Rep. Tishaura Jones
  • Chris Nicastro, commissioner of education for the State of Missouri
; and
  • Don Senti, executive director, Cooperating School Districts.

Kimberly Jade Norwood, JD, professor of law at WUSTL, will serve as moderator.

Register for the event at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dE0wTGVDT2lQOUpLdkNtQ0pzSW92cVE6MQ#gid=0.

For more information contact, Lisa Clancy, coordinator of alumni affairs at Teach For America-St. Louis (lisa.clancy@teachforamerica.org) or Susan Stepleton, director of the Brown School Policy Forum (sstepleton@brownschool.wustl.edu).