The lawsuit filed by Liddell/Caldwell plaintiff classes, the NAACP and the SLPS Special Administrative Board regarding the use of sales tax funds has been a topic of many recent news articles and community conversations.
“The conversation has given the Foundation an opportunity to reflect on its mission and purpose,” noted Val Bell, SLPS Foundation Board Chair. “We are 100% focused on educational equity, and ensuring that all SLPS students have access to the best possible education.” Jane Donahue, President of SLPS Foundation added, “Our core responsibility is to help the District implement its Transformation Plan and we are proud to use donors’ contributions ONLY for that purpose.”
The current lawsuit represents a near decade-long disagreement which began in 2008 when SLPS first questioned the State on what it interpreted as improper diversion of revenue from the Desegregation Sales Tax to support charter schools.
At the SLPS Foundation, we are focused solely on ensuring that donor contributions are used to advance the District’s Transformation Plan, and that students have access to the resources they need to succeed. The SLPS Foundation is not involved in the lawsuit, nor does it provide financial support for the lawsuit.
Click here to view guiding principles adopted by the SLPS Foundation Board of Directors in response to this litigation.
At its core, the SLPS Foundation is about building an educated citizenry. To that end, we thought it would be useful to make available some contextual materials regarding the case:
- Motion filed on April 11th, 2016 by NAACP, SLPS SAB, and Liddell/Caldwell Plaintiffs to hold State of Missouri in contempt
- 1999 Desegregation Settlement Agreement, discussed in motion filed
- Affidavit concerning 2008 request to State of Missouri address distribution of sales tax funds.
- On April 22, the SLPS SAB issued a letter to the community.
- To read more about the history of this the desegregation sales tax, click for a FOCUS STL brief.
- On May 30, charter school parents moved to intervene in lawsuit.
- On July 20, a group of parents of St. Louis charter school students have been denied their request to intervene in a legal battle over desegregation funding.
- Guiding principles adopted by the SLPS Foundation Board of Directors in September, 2016.
- April 19, 2016: St. Louis Public Schools says it’s owed $42 million from charter schools — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- April 22, 2016: Governing board of St. Louis Public Schools defends attempt to recover money from charter schools — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- April 26, 2016: Court motion to recover millions of dollars from charter schools continues to spark anger — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- April 27, 2016: Deseg suit sparks fight in city schools — St. Louis American
- May 12, 2016: Old deseg settlement generates new rivalry between St. Louis Public Schools and charters — St. Louis Public Radio
- May 19, 2016: Superintendent Adams has a duty to protect school funding — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- May 20, 2016: Charter school parents ask St. Louis school leaders to drop legal action — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- May 26, 2016: How the Missouri Legislature pitted SLPS against charter schools — St. Louis American
- May 31, 2016: Two charter-school parents seek to join lawsuit that could disrupt funding for their schools — St. Louis Public Radio
- June 17, 2016: What can the region’s school desegregation program legally do to make it last longer? — St. Louis Public Radio
- June 23, 2016: Dispute by charter cost St. Louis city schools $4.9 million — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- July 20, 2016: Judge says charter school parents can’t join legal battle over desegregation funding — St. Louis Post Dispatch
- August 10, 2016: Charter school parents appeal judge’s ruling in education funding suit — St. Louis Public Radio
We hope for a civil conversation that keeps students’ interests and the original intent of the desegregation settlement in the forefront.