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Carnahan Supports Latest Deseg Bill And Has Harsh Words for the St. Louis City School Board

April 7, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

While the state Senate was passing the desegregation bill, Governor Carnahan was talking about it. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Carnahan offered support for the entire bill, including a measure to take authority away from the St. Louis City School Board and give it to a three member board of governance. Carnahan would appoint new board that would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Carnahan said the current school board deserves what it gets.

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OutCue: "...from the legislature."
Contents: Carnahan said that while the board of education might have done a number of things that are good, they were not realistic about what they had to do and they really asked for this from the legislature.

The desegregation bill will now head to the House.

Governor Carnahan says he is prepared to take responsibility for nominating the people who will take control of the St. Louis City School District. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The desegregation bill passed by the Senate Tuesday gives authority for the Governor to appoint a three member board of governance to take over for the St. Louis City School Board.

Before the Senate passed the bill, St. Louis City Senator Jet Banks voiced strong opposition to the creation of a board of governance.

Carnahan responded to Banks' concerns.

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OutCue: " order to pass it."
Contents: Carnahan said he knows Senator Banks feels strongly about the issue but that it's important to pass the bill and he thinks an accountability piece like this one must be in the bill in order to pass it.

Banks' fellow St. Louis City Senator Bill Clay supported the bill and said he doesn't have confidence in the current school board.

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