St. Louis Public Schools is trying to sell unneeded schools — but charter schools need not apply. The school board has banned sales of buildings to liquor stores, landfills, distilleries, sex shops and charter schools, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Now, as the school board debates closing as many as 29 more buildings in the shrinking city district, and as new charter schools search desperately for space, a swell of anger is rising up against that restriction.
Legislators have readied resolutions in Jefferson City asking the district to remove the ban. Pro-charter and school-choice groups have sent around press releases. Residents worry about the empty buildings that will rot their neighborhoods.
Why ban charters? They’re the competition, says school board member Rick Sullivan.