St. Louis district blackballs charters

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.

Via Eduwonk.

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