While I wasn’t looking, a brand new fresh soap opera has started around here. It’s this business about SLPS et al versus the state and the city’s charter schools over how revenue from a sales tax for edumacation is appropriated. It was a sales tax that was passed 17 years ago as part of the deal to wind down interdistrict deseg. And all this time later, as far as I know, interdistrict deseg is still actually occurring. Isn’t that odd.
Anyway, people may be wondering why the NAACP is siding with the SLPS against the charter schools. And that’s easy — The St. Louis NAACP, like most other NAACP chapters, is full of the most important black preachers and “revvunds” in town. Most of these “revvnuds” preach in churches whose members include a lot of black women SLPS employees, teachers, administrators, support staff. So, it’s easy to see why the NAACP is sorta indirectly interested in the financial health of the SLPS.