State Legislature to St. Louis Public Schools: Sell, or Else


The charter-school lobby is getting down to brass tacks in its real-estate beef with the St. Louis Public Schools. charter schools. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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Last week state Senator Jim Lembke introduced a bill in the Missouri General Assembly which prohibits any school district from putting deed restrictions into real estate contracts for buildings that are on the selling block.

Specifically, districts could not prohibit their buildings from being used as schools.

Charter-school supporters are pissed off at the city school district for implementing a 100-year deed restriction prohibiting old SLPS buildings from being used as any kind of K-12 school. The restriction bars any charter school from buying an old SLPS property directly from the district, or from a third party.

I wrote about the beef in early February, right after the state Senate introduced a mere resolution urging the SLPS to reverse its policy. Lobbyist Franc Flotron told me then that if the district didn't take the Senate's cue, legislation would likely follow.

Thus Lembke's bill.

The senator introduced the legislation on Feb. 23. It went to the education committee on Feb. 25. Debate to follow.