Fate of Minnesota schools' integration aid hangs in limbo

  • Article by: KIM McGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2012 - 5:17 PM

Lawmakers' dispute over how to use $108M may jeopardize funds.

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dflleftApr. 16, 12 9:56 PM

GIVE THE 108 MILLION to the teachers union, they could then use to run tv adds describing what a great job teachers do and how they are overworked and underpaid. Even use some of it to fight tenure reform.

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jpcooperApr. 16, 1210:55 PM

Another waste of money! Schools should be community based. Go to school where you live!

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bironApr. 17, 12 2:04 AM

Give up. We've transfered trillions of dollars on these type of programs for the past 50 years to no avail. Seating minorities next to whites is an insult because it implies that if they can't do it on their own. Two parents in the home would go much further than taking money from one group and giving it to another. .

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rebelrebelApr. 17, 12 6:57 AM

@Biron-Amen to what you wrote. I'm going to assume you are white. I'm Black, for full disclosure as I type with a pseudonym. My parents moved up here in the 80's from Indiana, and I was shocked at the lack of classroom discipline that took place in my classes when I got here. And to be honest with you, that's all that is needed here. Not another program or group that is created out of political atrophy. HAVE STANDARDS!!! Hold students to them!!! And deal with the AumbDass Parents in the court of public opinion. I've worked in the classroom before, so I've seen both ends of the spectrum. Due to the frustration that I have encountered with the elite mindset that a vast majority of educators I have meet exhibited in my past, I feel that nothing will change until you get people in buildings that want to work, and not gossip or make sure kids are "comfortable" instead of being educated.

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alaskanredApr. 17, 12 8:02 AM

"Another waste of money! Schools should be community based. Go to school where you live!" jpcooper Apr. 16, 12 10:55 PM******** This speaks to a larger problem... segregated communities.

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alaskanredApr. 17, 12 8:21 AM

"Give up. We've transfered trillions of dollars on these type of programs for the past 50 years to no avail. Seating minorities next to whites is an insult because it implies that if they can't do it on their own. Two parents in the home would go much further than taking money from one group and giving it to another." biron Apr. 17, 12 2:04 AM*********** Here is another issue. Are we together or are we separated? If we are together then it isn't an insult to anyone to sit next to anyone based on race, religion or etc. If some schools are presenting better results than others, it make since to put the children in the schools that perform. As far as the household issue, how exactly does a government fix that? How exactly does a school fix that? How exactly does a community fix that? How exactly does an individual fix that? How do you force two people to stay together?

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muskiedogApr. 17, 12 8:48 AM

Let the kids go to their neighborhood schools.

Haven't we learned yet that folks that this is a joke.

Go to any scholl and you will still see groups segragate by like minded, ethnic background, sexual orientation.

Waste of money.

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elmore1Apr. 17, 12 9:22 AM

Cut the program and redeploy the money to other programs. Agree that schools should be community based.

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jackpinesavApr. 17, 12 9:24 AM

Anybody who thinks this is not an issue hasn't looked at the strife, and change of school supt., in Eden Prairie. Hello....! Exemptions for athletes, of course.

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sidoc2bApr. 17, 12 9:30 AM

I am a strong dem, a parent, white, and a member of an integrated district. I see the benefit to my kids so that they are held to higher standards in the integrated school. If they were in their local school, they would be held back by a "dumbed down" approach to the students mentioned by commenters above. The integrated districts are the only way my kids can even come close to having the quality of education I had in another state. (And even that is iffy as the district spends more time with remedial education and babysitting.) I send my kids to these districts because the education is better than my local school. If the neighborhood schools would do what they are supposed to do - hold kids accountable regardless of race, ethnicity, economic, or parent marital status - then my kids COULD and WOULD go locally.

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