Impact of Charter Schools on Other St. Louis Area Schools
The presence of charter schools in an area such as St. Louis impacts existing schools/school systems in several ways. At the heart of the rationale for the legislation authorizing charters schools is the hope that the innovations successfully employed at charter schools will positively influence the educational design and operations of existing charter and non-charter schools alike.
As a major research institution, Saint Louis University has the potential to capitalize on its role as a sponsor to initiate a research agenda that will inform future policy and practice throughout the urban education landscape.
From an enrollment standpoint, many students who attend area charter schools are students who might otherwise attend "traditional" public schools; Catholic or other sectarian private schools; or independent private schools.
To strengthen and advance the educational programs and operations at those schools in the face of continually shifting enrollment patterns, Saint Louis University seeks to enhance its partnerships with the SLPS District, neighboring suburban public school districts, the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other school operators throughout the region.
Ultimately, we believe that cooperative strategic planning amongst those educating the children of St. Louis will manifest itself in more options for better schools in both the public and private educational sectors.
Toward that end, the University is committed to:
Maintaining and expanding many of the current partnerships between Saint Louis University and numerous public and private schools throughout the Metro area
Seeking new partnerships benefiting the education of public and private school students, as well as the professional development of their teachers and administrators
Communicating regularly with staff at area schools regarding the current state and future scope of the University's charter school sponsorship initiatives
Encouraging and facilitating dialogue and cooperation among all area charter school boards/sponsors, area public school districts, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other area schools.
Offering institutional expertise to area educators and administrators to assist them in strategic planning in the context of the expanding landscape of schooling options