Editorial: Put a new focus on achievement gap

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  • Updated: August 7, 2011 - 9:59 PM

Review of integration aid is a chance to reallocate state dollars.

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jpcooperAug. 7, 1110:09 PM

"Since 1999, Minnesota has spent more than $700 million on integration -- not including local tax dollars that districts have also levied for that purpose. The funds have been used in a variety of efforts -- from purchasing books that reflect diversity to busing to cross-district programming."

Wow Books? and cross district programming? So now you want more money for a "new" focus on the achievement gap between poor minority students and white middle class students

My car will get better gas mileage if I just put more gas in the tank

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stfudaAug. 8, 11 6:37 AM

This is why education never has enough money. Striving for a perfect utopian world but, all that's achieved is bankruptcy.

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ubetcha101Aug. 8, 11 6:47 AM

And integration aid just keeps flowing! How symbolic. From the land of happy thoughts.

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grizzly2011Aug. 8, 11 7:20 AM

Blast from the past: Go to a library with newspapers on microfiche from the early 1970s. Read the articles about how these dimwitted educators are going to "close the achievement gap". OK, 40 YEARS later and HUNDREDS of MILLIONS spent locally and billions upon billions spent nationally, the "achievement gap" has NOT CLOSED. It has hardly budged. These dimwit educators had 40 YEARS and they FAILED to close it and they are not smart enough to figure out why it exists in the first place. Most of us already know why the "achievement gap" exists and we also know that it will always exist. You have to be painfully stupid to see that 40 years of trying have failed and continue to demand more money to solve an unfixable problem.

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mkrammAug. 8, 11 7:45 AM

Stop valuing students differently based on their skin color -- end integration aid. It is a scam to imply that somehow minorities are being given less of a quality education when the "gaps" are intra-school assessments. Why does the PC mafia proclaim a need to equalize group results in education but apparently not in crime? "Gap closing" is a civil rights fraud that sends the white and Asian kids to the back of the classroom. Treat everyone the same without regard to race and then tolerate group differences just as we do with crime levels.

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patrickjdAug. 8, 11 8:31 AM

"$109 million in integration aid will continue to flow to about 125 Minnesota school districts" Take that $109M and give it directly to parents and students in the form of vouchers. Then sit back and watch the achievement gap shrink almost overnight. Do what works for students, not unions.

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jjsbrwAug. 8, 1110:01 AM

patrickjdAug. 8, 11 8:31 AM --------------------------- Didn't really work in Milwaukee, Cleveland, D.C., or anywhere else. You might support vouchers for other valid reasons, but closing the achievement gap can't really be one of them.

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jarlmnAug. 8, 1110:15 AM

Stop throwing money away at failed 70's leftist notions. Same old hash. The REAL "achievement gap" rests with the educator mafia.

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bouchevilleAug. 8, 1111:09 AM

"Most of us already know why the "achievement gap" exists and we also know that it will always exist. You have to be painfully stupid to see that 40 years of trying have failed and continue to demand more money to solve an unfixable problem." I agree that more integration money isn't the answer. But I'm curious to know why you think the gap exists.

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RF6700Aug. 8, 1112:09 PM

You can throw all the money at this problem you want and it won't help. The key is getting parents involved.

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