Minnesota schools are poised to get new grades

  • Article by: KIM McGUIRE and STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2012 - 6:19 AM

New system is result of waiver from requirements of No Child Left Behind law.

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rshacklefordMay. 21, 12 3:03 AM

"Last year, nearly half of all Minnesota schools were considered failing under the federal law. Schools that repeatedly missed the mark were required to provide students with free after-school tutoring or busing to better schools, and eventually had to replace principals and teachers." ---- Ineffective principals and teachers were removed from the system? Not a CHANCE. They were likely quietly shuffled to different schools in order to save their careers. Search for the article named: "LA schools combat dropout rate by dropping standards." That is what will be happening next in this state. No longer can the educational system be allowed to discipline itself. It just does not work.

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comment229May. 21, 12 5:34 AM

I have yet to understand, why this paper always goes to Charlie Weaver and the Minnesota Business Partnership for a quote about education.

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comment229May. 21, 12 5:38 AM

So in essence, not much has changed except the way the numbers are crunched to present to the public. If you want to improve schools, get politicians as far away from the process as you can. As for information about the achievement gap and other educational problems being reported, I still see zero quotes from the source, the kids and teachers themselves. When are you going to get to the real truth in our educational problems, instead of listening to "experts" who never set foot in the classroom, and politicians that would never consider stepping foot in a turn around school, or taking one of the tests they mandate. Tell me again where the failure is?

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comment229May. 21, 12 5:48 AM

Finally, politicians and think tanks need to quit changing the rules. Half of MN schools are failing, according to NCLB, and it is a fact that most if not all schools will eventually fail according to the original NCLB mandate, by the year 2014. So be it. Now tell me, did the schools all fail? or is this mandate really really an embarrassment to the educational process? The only good thing about NCLB is its name. After that, it is pretty much a bunch of... well you complete the thought. Have you noticed over the past 20 years, that the more legislators at all levels of government get involved in education, the worse it gets? You cannot mandate superior results from our schools, and you cannot test students into making a difference either. Find the source of the problems first, and that is where you begin. Our government is, has been, and seems content on ignoring this, and simply alter the way the results are reported to fit their needs. It's really quite pathetic. Ask the teachers and the students and yes, even some parents, where the problems are before you try to fix the problem. This notion is not popular to politicians, who want a simple solution to this problem and don't want to consider what the real problems in education are that they helped to create (need to borrow a little more money do you?). Want to see how it should be done? Research the number one educational country in the world, Finland, and then compare it to what we consider education to be here in the USA.

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bill9844May. 21, 12 7:19 AM

The United States is now twenty-seventh from the top in Math and Science, but who cares? The main thing is that we are number one in Self Esteem. That's what really matters anyway.

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tandabussMay. 21, 12 7:24 AM

I agree that simplistic solutions will not solve our complex educational problems. I agree that those in the trenches--teachers and principals--need a meaningful voice in crafting solutions. But I also agree--very strongly--with rshakelford--" No longer can the educational system be allowed to discipline itself. It just does not work.". Parents have a right and a duty to be meaningfully involved. It should not be only career educators. And, we have to start prioritizing education over teacher careers. We have to stop shuffling people around. We HAVE to be willing to make some hard personnel decisions, after, of course, giving individuals a reasonable chance to address problems and improve. Unfortunately, organizations like Ed MN are primarily interested in protecting jobs of members, NOT educating students. (I'm not saying that they oppose education of students--just that that really isn't their priority, when problems arise). And Gov. Dayton caves to EM. Sigh.

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Thumper5316May. 21, 12 7:45 AM

It's the parents that have failed. They foist their kids into daycare at 6 weeks where daycare providers don't have the individual time that is necessary for infants. So, mom or dad pick them up at 6:00pm and then put them to bed at 8:00pm. Where do any of them find the time to read to them? How about just cuddle with them so that they learn about intimacy? And people wonder why the younger generation is so disconnected. Who, besides your kids, is more deserving of your knowledge?If you can't be bothered with them, don't have them! Education starts AT HOME.

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hiawathaguyMay. 21, 12 9:47 AM

This is what I got out of this article: 1) If you don't measure up then change the scale of the measuring device. 2) If you continue to fail badly enough you will be eligible for $$millions in federal assistance.

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mn_cameraMay. 21, 1210:06 AM

NCLB was, from the start, a design for failure. What it was about was an underhanded way of strip-mining the already limited resources of schools in troubled areas in order to "reward" those that already had enough. There was never any provision for improvement, only for doing further damage.

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pumiceMay. 21, 1211:40 AM

Re: "[Parents] foist their kids into daycare at 6 weeks where daycare providers don't have the individual time that is necessary for infants." So then, Thumper5316, how would you enable parents to make the choice you advocate: (1) Non-punitive child leave policy? (2) Effective early childhood care benefits such as "cash grants to families with children under age three that can be used to offset the costs of foregone parental earnings or the costs of nonparental care"? (3) A world-class early childhood education program?

Google "International Policies Toward Parental Leave and Child Care" (futureofchildren.org) for facts to inform your opinion.

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