Dale Singer

Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and a grandson, Jonah, who is the cutest child in the world.

Education
7:47 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lack Of Diversity Noted In School Commissioner Search

Mike Jones talks with Missouri education Commissioner Chris Nicastro earlier this year

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:54 pm

When Chris Nicastro was chosen as Missouri’s education commissioner in 2009, her experience with school districts in north St. Louis County was cited as a big factor.

Now, as the Missouri state board of education prepares to interview five finalists to succeed Nicastro, they have a list of four white men who have been superintendents in Joplin, Branson, Springfield and Wentzville, plus a white woman who has been actively involved in north county as deputy commissioner but has never served as a superintendent.

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Education
8:07 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Five Finalists Named In Search For New Missouri Schools Commissioner

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:14 pm

(Updated with interviews from all candidates.)

The Missouri state board of education has narrowed to five the field of candidates seeking to become the state’s next commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

After reviewing 12 applications in closed session Friday, the board announced Monday that it would interview:

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Community
4:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:29 pm

(Updated with new interviews)

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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Education
7:47 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

School Standards Meetings Have Contentious Start

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:59 pm

Depending on whose opinion you get, this week’s initial meetings to draw up new school standards for Missouri students were a “Common Core cheerleading session” or a strong-arm attempt that was “hijacked by political extremists” on the right.

Either way, the eight committees impaneled under a law passed earlier this year appear to have a long way to go to meet a deadline of having the new standards ready for approval a year from now.

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Education
8:35 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Nicastro Gets Mixed Grades For Education Tenure

Chris Nicastro

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 3:48 pm

Now that she has announced her retirement at the end of the year, how should Chris Nicastro’s tenure as Missouri’s commissioner of education be graded?

Using the guarded tone of academia, Alex Cuenca, an assistant professor of education at Saint Louis University, gave this assessment Tuesday:

“I think she did the best she could with the circumstances she was given and the cards she was dealt.”

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Michael Brown Shooting
8:49 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Tear Gas Again Disperses Crowd in Ferguson, Some Arrested

The police line along West Florissant in Ferguson on Wednesday.

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:26 pm

Updated at 9:41 a.m. with release of Antonio French:

Police moved to end an evening of confrontation Wednesday, beginning about 9 p.m. to disperse the crowds and end the demonstations along West Florissant in Ferguson.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization

The Normandy School District will cease to exist on July 1 and will be replaced by a new identity. Questions remain on what this will mean for transfer students, teacher and administrators, and board members.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 5:15 am

(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.

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Missouri Statehouse
6:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Two Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Missouri Students – If They Become Law

The student transfer bill that just passed the legislature would not require unaccredited districts to pay for transportation for students who wish to transfer.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 10:17 pm

Updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday with clarification on tuition rates, link to final bill text.

Two bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this week would have a significant impact on how and what students in the state are taught – if the legislation escapes a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Education
8:16 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm

JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Education
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UM President Will Recommend No Tuition Increase

Tim Wolfe

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 12:30 pm

The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with Gov. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.

Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Louis County Friday morning, said that the additional revenue proposed by Nixon in his State of the State address earlier this week should provide the four-campus system with the money it needs without raising tuition.

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