Mahmoud gets two boosts

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 9:09 PM

Two schools get awards, while an official sees no need to repay grant.

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JvonkorffSep. 11, 12 7:29 PM

Harvest Prep is doing great work. But the claim that its success is proof that with no excuses, all students can perform at grade level by third grade is poppycock. Its a shame that we in the business community can't just accept Harvest Prep's success for what it is, an exceptional effort by exceptional leadership in a small exceptional school, to be copied where possible, yes. But no, we have to milk it for all its worth, and turn it into a preposterous, baseless, self serving claim that anybody can do it. There is just no basis for this claim; its nothing but wishful thinking.

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uptownbred63Sep. 11, 12 9:17 PM

Don't have to pay back 6.2 million? What a joke! Charter schools are being used to pretend that education is somehow a magical process that only a few know how to execute. If public education was allowed to use the same rules as the charters they would be just as successful. Think Mahmoud keeps his underperforming kids? I know he doesn't. Does he have resources that public schools don't? Yes he does! Education is not that difficult, it's just that it's now being privatized with public funds. Too bad so many are influenced by misinformation.

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momofboys2Sep. 11, 12 9:41 PM

Many thanks to the Legislative Auditor for simply doing his job and objectively reporting the FACTS. Congratulations to Harvest Prep and Best Academy staff, students and parents for all of the hard work that EARNED this award. Finally, kudos to the Minnesota Business Partnership for the courage it took to focus on the EVIDENCE of EXCELLENCE in the midst of the recent newstorm. It is great to have business leadership who are committed to education reform and to rewarding excellence. Keep it up! More people in our community should follow their lead and keep their eyes on the ACHIEVEMENT of our students.

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SnifflesmomSep. 12, 12 4:21 AM

No students proficient in science. That is sad.

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jimilakeSep. 12, 12 7:56 AM

Hmmm, this sure sounds a lot like private schools and school vouchering? I guess that concept is OK for some, but not for everyone?

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grandpa9Sep. 12, 12 2:48 PM

Forgiving the grant is OK, but the state should receive a deed for the property.

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maninthemoonSep. 28, 12 3:24 PM

I am cautious about Harvest Prep's results. The red flags brought to light last month still leave me wondering about the school's internal control processes for all record keeping - whether they are financial or academic records.

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