Missouri Charter Public School Commission wants to ensure quality, raise the bar in public education

John Wright, Robbyn Wahby and Alicia Herald joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh.

There are almost 70 charter schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. Until recently, they were all sponsored by universities. Now another alternative is the Missouri Charter Public School Commission.

Although created by the Missouri legislature in 2012, it didn’t have its first meeting until December of last year. Then at the end of March, Robbyn Wahby was named executive director and left her position as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s top education adviser to assume her new role.

Wahby explained to “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh that charter schools are free, open public schools, but they are independent of the school district in which they are located. “They have a non-profit board that determines their mission, their goals and looks at how they are going to use their resources, their human capital and their financial resources to make sure that the kids in their care get a great education.”

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Source: STL Public Radio