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A New York-based firm will strive to save the historic school.
Take note people, pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Quit being lazy.
Bears have soul!
If the cost per student is $13,100, it might be cheaper for Minneapolis to send the kids to a private school. DeLasalle is about 14,500.
There is a "huge elephant in this room." If this high school with 225 students were in an affluent white neighborhood, it would have been closed a long time ago. First, the student population is not large enough to cost-effectively run a separate school. Second, when you combined the very small student population with the miserable level of student achievement, I do not see how anyone could justify continuing to keep this school open. Also, it's not like these students are in a sparsely-populated area in which they would have to travel many miles to attend another school. Keeping this school open is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars, facility operating costs, and salaries for administration, facilities management, and teachers. I don't live in Minneapolis, but if my school district tried to keep open a school in similar circumstances in my district, I would very loudly protest it as a complete waste of money, facilities, and resources. Why is this school such a sacred cow?
It i time to end open enrollment, kids who live near a public school should go to that school.
furguson11: DeLaSalle is not the place to send (all of these students). Some maybe depending on their grades. DeLaSalle is a school that is very steeped in education but does not tolerate thugs and those who have no interest in school other than it being a social event. Do not just feel these kids need to go to DeLaSalle because it may look good on paper. In short, if you want to get your kids and education, what are you the (parent and kids willing to give up). DeLaSalle is not the school to send those who care little of getting the grade; this school is a stepping stone for those who have planes and are willing to work hard and study hard in order to get there.
Teach them radio and TV, and bring in a consultant. Yeah, that'll fix everything. Another example of educational administrators completely losing their focus on fundamentals, and hiring a fall guy to draw attention away from them. Teachers are wonderful people, and can change lives. They should be allowed to. For this very challenged student body, that means reaching them on primitive levels, with very basic skill sets. Fluff and glitter simply won't do it. Love, caring, and sweat equity will.
Hiring a turnaround firm for a PUBLIC school?
North High has only the NAACP to blame. They're the ones who filed suit against Minneapolis Schools, driving hundreds from North kids to enroll in western suburban schools under the "Choice is Yours" program, which is a failure too.
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