CONTACT: Sarah Potter
Vol. 47, No. 61
September 9, 2013
State Board of Education Reaches Agreement on Gordon Parks Ruling
The Missouri State Board of Education and the Gordon Parks Elementary School have agreed on language in an amended final judgment on the school's charter application. Last week the Board filed a motion to amend the judge's decision citing factual inaccuracies in the ruling, which was written by opposing counsel. The final judgment removed those inaccuracies. The charter school's contract remains intact.
"We continue to be concerned about the performance of Gordon Parks," said Chris L. Nicastro, commissioner of education. "Charter schools – like all public schools – are expected to provide quality education for the children they serve."
The State Board voted unanimously not to renew the school's five-year charter application at its May meeting. A decision by a judge last month overturned that vote.
Amended Final Judgment: http://dese.mo.gov/documents/AmendedJudgment.pdf