An odd thing happened on the way to St. Louis City School Board endorsements by 7th Ward Independent Democrats. At the beginning of the process, I would have bet a paycheck that we would endorse incumbent School Board Member Donna Jones for re-election. Her heart is obviously in it. She has the sort of School Board experience we thought that we wanted for the governance transition from appointed Special Administrative Board to elected School Board.
But then we got her answers to our Candidate Survey and our opinions changed. I am glad that I did not bet a paycheck on that endorsement.
Donna Jones wants a lot of what we want. But…
We need to look at this as more than just support for local elected governance, support for teachers, and stopping the raid on public school funds for private education at charter schools and unnecessary tax abatement. We need to look at public school policies and what the elected School Board will do after it is no longer fighting for its survival.
On two critical policy matters, Donna Jones responded with answers that left us shocked and looking elsewhere for a candidate to endorse.
Children should be taught science in science class in public schools. Children should not be taught religion or mythology or science fiction in science class in public schools.
Age-appropriate fact-based reproductive health education should be taught in public schools. While it’s true that the State of Missouri requires abstinence education, school districts have better options than the lies of these faith-based, fake clinic con artists at Thrive that Donna Jones would allow in our schools. In fact, area school districts are removing Thrive.
It doesn’t matter whether Donna Jones would allow a handful of parents to bring fake science and fake clinics into City schools or she’d champion it. We cannot afford to elect her to the School Board and find out.
We need School Board Members who know The Flintstones and Thrive do not belong in our Public Schools. 7th Ward Independent Democrats respectfully requests that you consider voting for Dr. Joyce Roberts and Jared Opsal for School Board.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
Prop V Initiative Petition for Public Vote on Airport Privatization
You can sign Prop V Petition…
Noon-2 pm Saturday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs
1-4 pm Sunday @ 7th Ward School Board Candidate Forum, Nadine’s patio, 1931 S 12th
6-8 pm Wednesday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs
You can also volunteer at HQ on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings to collect Prop V Petition signatures from your friends and neighbors.
Board Bill 93 for Public Vote on Airport Privatization
10 am Saturday, October 13th BOA Transportation Committee Public Hearing on Board Bill 93 @ St John the Baptist Parish, 4200 Delor – Public Transit #10 Gravois + 5 block walk
6:30 pm Monday, October 15th BOA Transportation Committee Public Hearing on Board Bill 93 @ Greater Pentecostal Church, 6080 West Florissant – Public Transit #74 Florissant
Past Recent Hearings/Meetings…
Video of Wednesday/October 3rd BOA Transportation Committee Hearing on Board Bill 93
Video of 9/25 Meeting of BOA Transportation Committee and Airport (Privatization) Advisory Working Group
Members of the BOA Transportation Committee: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees. Contact Information for Members of Board of Aldermen and Board President.
Airport (Privatization) Advisory Work Group
1 pm Tuesday, October 9th Airport Advisory Working Group Meeting @ 1520 Market. Open to the Public.
Most Recent Meeting…
Video of 9/25 Meeting of Airport Advisory Working Group without BOA Transportation Committee
Airport Advisory Working Group – Voting Members & Contact Info
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
City Budget Director Paul Payne
Advisory Working Group – Non-Voting Members & Contact Info
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge (works for mayor)
19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis (Chair of BOA Transportation Committee)
City Counselor Julian Bush (works for mayor)
Lambert Airport Commission
2 pm Wednesday, November 7th @ Lambert Airport, Lindbergh Conference Room
Video of 9/5 Meeting with Airport Privatization presentation not on Agenda
Federal Aviation Administration
You can make comments on Airport Privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here.
You can read previous comments here.
Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed (2017-Present)
Updated with three local news stories this week.