Missouri schools are missing chance to enter federal Green Ribbon program : Stltoday

Missouri schools are missing chance to enter federal Green Ribbon program : Stltoday



According to one source, DESE claimed it lacked the resources to participate, despite the contest only requiring DESE to nominate applications. The award carries with it no monetary value, and as such, would cost the taxpayers nothing!
More frustrating for Missouri schools, a cohort of at least five organizations, including the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Missouri Environmental Educational Association, volunteered the necessary manpower to organize the contest, educate schools on the application process, collect and review applications and suggest to DESE the nominations they felt should be passed on to the federal competition.
You would think that with our stellar 41st place in Education Week’s 2013 national school rankings, DESE would do anything to bring positive acclaim to Missouri schools, especially when it doesn’t cost a dime.

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