Eighty-three percent of Missouri prisoners released to the community struggle with substance abuse; 72 percent will not find a full-time job; and 48 percent without a GED return to prison within two years.
“The citizens of St. Louis have said that education is important and they are willing to pay for it,” Saint Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams said on Tuesday, April 5, after the campaign for Proposition 1 declared victory.
The experience levels of St. Louis Public School (SLPS) teachers and principals are steadily dropping, district leaders say. And that is a major reason why they are asking city residents to support a property tax increase of 75 cents per $100 in assessed value on the April 5 ballot. The tenure decline is directly related to the district’s inability to provide competitive wages, said Edmond Heatley, the district’s chief human resources officer.
St. Louis Alderwoman Dionne Flowers of Ward 2 said she has more than 450 letters from community residents in support of Captain Ryan Cousins, the former commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District. Cousins has been on unpaid suspension for alleged employee misconduct since the beginning of February.
“They talk about protesters and all of that, but they don’t talk about what’s really happening. They don’t talk about the love. There’s such love in this room,” Donald Trump told audiences at a campaign rally held Friday, March 11 at Peabody Opera House.
Former state rep. Betty Thompson was working part-time as a coordinator for St. Louis County’s Community Empowerment and Diversity Program Manager office. But she told the St. Louis American on Tuesday, March 1, “I walked out this morning.”
The cost to the City of Ferguson for rejecting the consent decree negotiated with the Department of Justice was made clear at the first City Council meeting since the DOJ sued the city over civil rights and constitutional violations described in its March 2015 report.