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HAVING THE MAYOR OF Minneapolis take over for Bernadia Johnson couldn't hurt a thing. This cesspool of a school district has a 49% graduation rate, and has teachers earning on average over 65,000 a year for 8 months work. No one reading this would even allow their own kids to go there.
My dog could run the the SPPS better than the school board, who includes a member who doesn't even send her own kids to the district and a recent board member who is a sexual deviant. I am moving out of St paul soon and buying a home in the west metro, where kids graduate and the district is accountable for performance....what a novel, and winning, concept. Goodbye St Paul...I won't miss you a bit.
Superintendents and their minions at the district office are out of touch with what happens in classroom and they have education degrees. Can you imagine the mayhem that would ensue if some dope from the business world or a political crony gets put in charge of the schools? As always we can always count on the Republicans for stupid ideas. Besides, shouldn't they be spending their time rounding up the birth control?
It's time to declare Martial Law and seize control over all of public education.
Lets examine the motivations of the republicans at the Capitol, shall we? If they have the mayors of two traditionally Democratic-led cities take control of the schools, then when the schools fail because of republican cuts to funding, they can blame the Democrats and hope to take over the offices. Don't kid yourself into thinking that this is anything other than a cynical ploy to consolidate more power into republican hands.
Yes make somebody accountable, school system is a failure, do something, to increase their graduation rate they now pass anyone even if they attend ALS classes 10% of the time. It is a sin for the amount of money we give them.
What concerns me the most is the fact that everybody is focusing on how to fix the problems of education, and directing their attention at everything BUT the real problems. Why don't you stop for a second and leave politicians and administration out of this? Isn't it obvious that the fixes instituted over the past 20 years (O.B.E., Profiles, Mastery, NCLB) have not worked and yet, we expect that their next fix will. Instead of bashing teachers, who are in the trenches day in and day out, maybe, just maybe, it is time for some of you to ask teachers WHAT the problems are and WHAT the solutions should be! I will guarantee you that the crap which is drawing the most attention is not even in the top ten list of a teacher solutions.
I don't think this is a good idea but it is a hard argument for the superintendent since she recently appointed a Chief of Schools who has no background in education. His main qualification is he is the son of a close friend of the superintendent. Despite his very limited experience in the education field the superintendent feels him competent to be second in command of one of the largest districts in the state. How quickly the superintendent's feelings change when she is on the chopping block!
@smeeagain2: The SPPS School Board are all dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. Having a Democrat Mayor in charge would not change anything for Republicans from a blame standpoint.
All: imagine the efficiencies if we had city employees doing all the non-ed school work! More union jobs, less non-union administration. I would think the Demos would LOVE that. Problem is, school board members would lose their little power seats, their benefits, pensions and the $15k+ a year.
the achievement gap is a joke. the only gap is in how the politicians play us for fools. the gap wouldnt exist if not for politicians interference in schooling. If you look at historical data you will see there wasnt much of a gap 40/50 years ago. But since big gov't got involved it has spread. Get them out and get parents involved and it will disappear over time.
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