St. Paul leads on schools' GLBT issues

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2011 - 7:11 PM

After 17 years, Out for Equity has deep support in the district, where it is valued for its success in retaining at-risk students and its positive effects overall.

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kd5757Dec. 24, 11 7:55 PM

Good for Saint Paul School District. While we currently need programs like "Out for Equity," I look forward to the day that ignorance and intolerance gives way to understanding and acceptance making such programs unnecessary. Recent polls would suggest that the younger generation is moving towards acceptance much more rapidly than the older generations and thus moving us closer to having a more just society.

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commiefalconDec. 24, 11 8:42 PM

Heaven forbid school districts actual focus on teaching. I'd like to know how much of the education budget actually is used for teaching kids and how much goes to all the B.S. programs out there.

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chavistaDec. 25, 11 9:39 AM

commiefalcon Dec. 24, 11 8:42 PM: "Heaven forbid school districts actual focus on teaching. I'd like to know how much of the education budget actually is used for teaching kids and how much goes to all the B.S. programs out there." You're right, it would be preferable to use all of our education resources for education, reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, there are people such as yourself that are so afraid of a very small segment of the population that enormous sums must be spent to provide resources to those that you so blithely attack as well as yourself. Bullies are easy to spot, they are consumed by fear and feelings of inadequacy causing them to act out in inappropriate ways, whether verbal or physical. If you taught your children to accept all people I assure you we wouldn't need to expend money on you or them.

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happiness256Dec. 25, 11 9:45 AM

Heaven forbid you take a moment to realize that schools do much more than teach the basics. They are given the responsibility of teaching students to live in a world that changes, sometimes drastically, in the time they are in school. I congratulate and thank this school district for teaching tomorrow's leaders about equity, social justice and at the very least tolerance. As a taxpayer I am more than happy to spend in areas that will create a better future for us all.

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nekidjaybirdDec. 25, 1111:29 AM

I want my children attending schools that teach English, history math and science. The social engineering is killing our education system. Enough of this political correctness and get back to do the job that you are charged with doing. Even ultra liberal Steve Jobs was aware of how our schools, and especially teachers unions, were failing our children.

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Gloria1985Dec. 25, 1112:01 PM

@nekidjaybird - LGBT tolerance is not just "politically correct." It's simply correct. Helping young people understand the importance of treating everyone well no matter their differences and similarities is humane and, frankly, a purer form of Christianity than what is practiced by many church-going "Christians." Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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nekidjaybirdDec. 25, 1112:12 PM

Hey - who cares if the rest of the world has better educational outcomes and spend less money doing it! At least we have the most sensitive and politically correct kids graduating (well about half) from high school.

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Minnepeach19Dec. 25, 11 4:41 PM

Wow @nekidjaybird--what's the problem with using a grant specifically geared towards educating students on how to integrate their belief systems/lifestyles with the world they will enter as adults? Pretty sure an after school program, coupled with a respect/tolerance model of behavioral expectations IS part of educating our children. If we had done this in the 50s, 60s, 70s maybe our nation would be further along regarding racial, gender and human rights issues. Congrats on SPPD for getting this one right (still have work to do in other areas).

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Minnepeach19Dec. 25, 1111:33 PM

Correction: SPPS (Saint Paul School System)

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ammunraDec. 26, 11 6:43 AM

nekidjaybird - Just some food for thought, if all of the states in the USA were ranked individually compared to other countries with regards to education, Minnesota would rank 4th best education in the world. Even with those "social engineering programs." So I guess you should look elsewhere when denigrating the poor education that afflicts US students.

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