Silva pushes for St. Paul school levy votes this fall

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2012 - 1:29 PM

The superintendent said one levy request would be for a renewal; the other would be new.

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cosmicwxdudeJun. 12, 1210:45 PM

Get rid of 3/4 of the administrators, the free breakfreast for everyone and public unions and you won't need to come back asking for more more more more more, on top of the already bloated public school funding that is already paid by us homeowners. And yes, my kids go to public school.

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cosmicwxdudeJun. 12, 1210:46 PM

Why does it cost close to 10K per year per student? Private schools do it for much less and have much nicer facilities overall...why?

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wellieJun. 12, 1211:55 PM

It's always "for the children." Except, of course, it's not.

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mohawk1953Jun. 13, 12 6:41 AM

More money now, the mantra of every school district...

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summer12Jun. 13, 12 7:01 AM

The levy is to pay for her contract. Have you ever heard of such a deal? The school board that approved that enormous package should all be removed.

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arteacher13Jun. 13, 12 7:18 AM

Once again, it is so frustrating to read the comments that people write about our schools and teachers. I'm an art teacher and have seen my classroom budget almost cut in half over the last 15 years of teaching, but I'm still trying hard to provide the best art education I can for the same number of students. The cost of the supplies have gone up tremendously, and I struggle to buy enough basic supplies for my students. I rely on donations from companies to make up for what my budget cannot. The custodial staff has been cut in half, so my classroom does not get cleaned except for a quick sweeeping and emptying of the garbage cans. The ceiling of my art room leaks about every other big rain storm, causing ceiling tiles to be replaced, but yet no money for a new roof. And no, I have not had a raise in years and in fact my salary has gone down, over the past 5 years. This is one story and there are so many more. So please, find ways to support your public schools instead of tearing them apart with your remarks. Do you really know what is going on in our schools?

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marathongirlJun. 13, 12 8:06 AM

When they look at cutting administrative costs including superintendents and other high cost people that don't add direct value for students, then maybe talk to the voters.

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marathongirlJun. 13, 12 8:08 AM

"the district also will have a hard time integrating information technology into the classroom" - By this they mean without more money we can't give students iPads. Which are a NON-NECESSARY item. Students should have computer access, a well set up computer lab and access for students is a necessity, but it's not needed in every classroom for every student and it is definitely not needed in the form of iPads and other "toys".

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annemthomJun. 13, 12 8:49 AM

artteacher13, I am not anti-teacher. The majority of teachers are trying to do a job to the best of their ability. There is waste in other areas including these six figure contracts we have been brainwashed into believing we have to award superintendents and an overload of administrators who, as someone else pointed out, do not add value. I attended school in the Anoka-Hennepin district when that district was growing exponentially due to housing developments. Routinely there were in excess of 30 kids in my classes. We managed, and even I, as a free/reduced lunch qualifying kid, went on to college. I am growing tired of having my pocket picked constantly by district administration who haven't done anything to correct any of the issues in education. I am also tired of being threatened. Show me a plan for change and show me some accountability on the part of the district, the parents and the students in achieving change, and along the way it would be helpful if someone, somewhere would put a stop to this constant standardized testing that proves nothing, would make the federal government kick in the amount they promised for special ed. under IDEA, and yes,stop thinking that every kid has to have an ipad in order to learn. And did I mention not spending $40K of my tax money to move someone sixteen miles? We're a bunch of idiots of we believe it's for the kids.

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summer12Jun. 13, 12 9:19 AM

Do you really know what is going on in our schools? Art teachers says. Have you read the terms of the contract that the superintendent is getting. A joke. Don't go complaining to the residents about not understanding what goes on in our district. The problem starts at the top!

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