A circuit court judge in Cole County has denied the request of some St. Louis School Board members to block Friday’s scheduled shift of authority over the SLPS to a three person transitional governance board. The judge’s clear decision means that Rick Sullivan, Melanie Adams, and Richard Gaines will face no legal obstacles when they begin work tomorrow.
That’s a good thing. No City student is going to get better educated in a courtroom than she is in a classroom.
Every person testifying in Cole County this past week claimed to have the students’ best interests at stake. Tomorrow, they’ll all have the chance to prove it. If the old School Board acknowledges the judge’s decision and steps back now, there’s enough time and talent in St. Louis to complete the summer session and ready the district’s staff, schools, cafeterias, gyms, and buses for the fall school term. If it does not, we’ll be right back in court again.