From an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:
We understand the concerns of the hundreds of people who packed a three-hour public hearing earlier this week to voice their opposition to a pending state intervention in the running of the St. Louis Public School district. To many parents, teachers and others who care deeply about the district, the idea of the state essentially nullifying the elected School Board and giving partial control of the schools to an appointed committee seems sacrilegious.
But let’s get real.
Given the district’s dire straits and tumultuous history, decisive action needs to be taken. A transitional school district is the best of several options to address the multitude of problems facing St. Louis public schools. Outrage against the plan is misplaced.
For now, you can read the entire editorial here