State integration task force adopts plan to close achievement gap

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2012 - 11:46 PM

It's now up to the Legislature to sort out how Minnesota schools will use funds provided by the state integration program.

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basia2186Feb. 7, 12 5:07 PM

Integation has not worked. Stop spending the money already. Get the parents to do their jobs before kindergarten starts and it won't be necessary to bus the kids to and fro anymore.

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laotzu76Feb. 7, 1211:49 PM

basia2186, yes, let's go return to the old days of "separate but equal." Frankly, I don't by that cr-p about kids not being ready to learn at the kindergarten level. I highly doubt that a large portion of the kindergarten class isn't able to go to the bathroom by themselves! More than likely, today's kindergarten teachers simply don't know how to work with children! (Among other issues.)

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 8, 1212:45 AM

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This $108 million dollar government endorsed wealth redistribution program attempts to solve a problem while not addressing the real issues. Our schools have enough money and even in the worst schools the opportunity for kids to learn is still there. I see the success stories all the time. Poor parenting skills or outright disinterest in their own children's education is a major factor in the achievement gap. This is not a race issue and being poor is no excuse. How much money does it take for parent(s)to ensure their kids do their homework? How much money does it take to check their homework for errors and neatness? Follow their progress in school? Attend a parent-teacher conference? Read a little with your children before bed? And don't give me that line about how many poor people don't have time. Yet everyone seems to have time to watch American Idol or the Super Bowl. If you chose to have kids then you need to make time for them. Outside of Kersten I doubt we will hear anything like my my rant from any of these people. They are wasting our money in order to make the appearance that something is being done about the problem. It is dishonest.

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tonyrozyckiFeb. 8, 12 5:27 AM

There's a difference between integration and forced integration. Just ask the Native American Indians, Asians and Hispanics. Common sense is sometimes a good thing.

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jcinbpFeb. 8, 12 5:40 AM

If you want to close the achievement gap: (1). Wrap your brain around the idea that it's going to take 16 to 20 years to ready the average child to survive in today's economy Get rid of the grade levels. Each child will advance at his/her own rate be it in 12 years or 20 years. (2). Accept the fact that certain children will do well in certain areas and not so well in other areas. Work to their strengths and assist them with their weaknesses. (3). Stop strangulating the public schools and universities. Remember that these institutions produced the individuals that went out and started the most fortune 500 companies per capita in America in this state. Fund them accordingly and you will reap the same rewards that funding them in the 60's,70's and 80's did. (4). Realize that No Child Left Behind was a political ploy that was under thought and over sold. At its very best it did nothing to better children's education and at its very worst it inhibited creative thinking and advancement of the gifted. In short, it is as socialistic as the communes of the Soviet Union and The People's Republic of China.

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kinghiberniaFeb. 8, 12 7:52 AM

Enough all ready!!! $108 millions dollars now!!! $950 million dollars since the late 1990s!!! It hasn't worked!!! It doesn't work!!! Yet, they continue to pour taxpayer money down this bottomless pit!!!! Why?

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muskiedogFeb. 8, 12 7:58 AM

Let the kids go to thier neighborhood schools. It does not matter where you go to scholl it about the quality of the staff and the paretns and the child wanting to learn.

We still keep doing the same thing over and over with the same results but lets do it again and waste more money.

Getting tired of social engineering.

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notsidFeb. 8, 12 8:22 AM

As some have already noted, there is a less expensive and probably more viable option than throwing more money at the problem and that is called parental involvement from day one following birth, prior to beginning school and through the time that their children are in school. Not rocket science here folks!

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mike55347Feb. 8, 12 8:33 AM

Everyone complains about us being behind in technology. Spend equal amounts of money on the gifted as you speed on the special needs and We will be much better off.

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ecelesteFeb. 8, 12 9:36 AM

This task force has not worked "for almost a year" as the article states. In fact, their first meeting was 15 November 2011. They have been at work for less than two months! Given how little time they had to pull this together, I think their report is quite an accomplishment. A task force of very disparate political views agreed that integration was important and the state's integration efforts should continue, with some modifications.

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