Low-income quota eyed for St. Paul schools

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2011 - 11:45 PM

St. Paul panel urges it for the most sought-after schools.

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camb24Dec. 19, 11 9:13 PM

Why would you pick and choose kids like this and then expect them to fit into society as adults? Just because you come from a poor family doesnt mean you are stupid!!! We as a society keep dragging these kids down by telling them they are lesser than just because their parents dont have a huge bank account. How about teachers holding kids accountable for what they do in school versus where they live!

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buzzard23Dec. 19, 1110:01 PM

Ahhh....the soft bigotry of low expectations!

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righteeeoooDec. 19, 1111:04 PM

If we cannot increase the level of education for some students...

Then let's drag down the other students to equalize all of them....

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minnlifeDec. 20, 1112:04 AM

I doubt wealthy parents will send their kids to low-income schools

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kimi08Dec. 20, 1112:48 AM

Hmmm, so rather than keep the poor performing schools and teachers accountable, the district sends the poorest to the best schools and keeps the teacher's union happy. Big surprise from St. Paul.

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furguson11Dec. 20, 11 5:45 AM

"Quota" is a word you use when you don't know what else to do.

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beaglemomDec. 20, 11 5:53 AM

This is such an excellent reminder of why we left St. Paul. We moved within two blocks of an elementary school when we had preschoolers and I notified the school district that we had children. Not having received anything regarding the coming school year in March I initiated contact again and was told that forms were due at the end of that week and I would need to come to the district office to complete them. I put the name of the school two blocks from our home on the form. I was told I needed two choices, when I said there was no "community school" for our area I was told I needed a magnet school as my second choice since my first choice was a magnet. I played their game and wrote my first choice in the blank for my second choice too. I was told this was necessary for "racial balance". You can imagine my surprise on the first day of school that my daughter was one of three white kids in her class (I guess "racial balance" for her was not necessary). I had grown up in Minneapolis in an era where kids went to school in their neighborhood, with the kids they lived near, played park board sports with and eventually attended high school with. It never bothered her (or us as parents) that her class was ethnically diverse. As a parent from the area I was able to participate in parent days, conferences, field trips etc. which sadly were poorly attended by parents of kids who required busing into the area. I can't imagine how much money our choice saved the district. In most instances kids benefit from being in schools in their communities where their parents have easy access, they have a common peer group from the community and they can get the exercise of walking to and from the school...as well as it being a lot cheaper to not bus for the purpose of racial, financial and who knows what other perceived need for balance.

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Spiker1Dec. 20, 11 6:43 AM

@kimi08: This has nothing to do with teachers or the teachers's union....teachers and the union do not set district policy, that would be the school board and superintendent....people just have to take every opportunity to bash teachers, even when the story has nothing to do with teachers...I think it is time for you people to find another group to bash...

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emilyjoDec. 20, 11 6:49 AM

"The committee also advised that the district encourage white and wealthy families to send their children to high poverty schools by providing incentives such as preschool programs or reduced-price after-school programs." For some reason, I just don't see this happening.

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momsphatboiDec. 20, 11 7:01 AM

Como Conservatory? couldnt this meeting be held at a school auditorium for free? im just saying, if money is always an issue? or at the offices of the board...for free? im pretty sure Como is not letting that space be used for free.

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