Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bosley's Top Issue: An End to School Busing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bosley's Top Issue: An End to School Busing

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Missouri Political Correspondent Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. said Saturday that the chief issue to be addressed by St. Louis in the next four years is an end to the school busing program.

The $75 million spent annually on the program should be used instead for building new schools in St. Louis and other improvements, Bosley said.

Bosley and other candidates for mayor and comptroller in the March 4 city primary appeared at a forum sponsored by the Northside Neighborhood Action Association. About 100 people attended the meeting, at North Park United Methodist Church, 1525 Orchid Avenue. Bosley, who announced he wanted to return to neighborhood schools shortly after he was elected in 1993, said $25 million is spent to transport 14,000 city children to St. Louis County schools, and $50 million is given to county school districts to educate them. "If we can spend $75 million, we can spend it building new schools in the city" and raising the quality of city schools, Bosley said. Former Police Chief Clarence Harmon, Bosley's main opponent in the Democratic primary, said he would use the mayor's office as "a bully pulpit" to extend more authority to principals and teachers and to give them more protection from physical harm by students. Harmon said there would be "no cronyism" in his administration. "I won't have my public service commissioner telling an aldermanic committee that doing the business of the city includes such things as soliciting contractors while you're on the job for the mayoral campaign," Harmon said. This was a reference to testimony by Board of Public Service President Robert Henry Jr. that he had advised contractors how to make campaign contributions to Bosley. Harmon also said that "if an employee of government comes to me and tells me there's something wrong with a program, I'm not going to send that employee back to her boss. …

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