Mpls. North High is reborn

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 12:44 PM

New principal and staff must remake the school while competing with a nearby charter school that has a similar mission.

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jkunzeOct. 11, 12 9:37 PM

I wish you the best, North High students and staff. Make it work!

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notaxmaxOct. 11, 1211:13 PM

Wow! Under 300 students in a school built for 1700! This is an immense failure by Mpls. Public school administration.

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inrealityOct. 12, 1212:53 AM

Government is incapable of doing anything effectively or efficiently. Government should not be in charge of our education system and I have no clue why we have allowed this. We need a robust private system that will improve education, lower costs, and provide parents with many choices. It's time we try a true free market in education, allow freedom to reign supreme and let parents be in charge and not politicians. For those of you that are thinking "How will the poor be able to pay for an education?" Have no fear, we already have a solution for this that we can mimic. Currently we allow our government to give food subsidies to some low income families. They get the subsidy and then they go to a private grocery store to buy their food. This same exact process would work for education. Parents would get a subsidy and then they would go and purchase a private education. We have to do something because our current education system doesn't produce good results and the costs are outrageous. Freedom is the answer.

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DufferHOct. 12, 12 1:04 AM

Ridiculous. The wastrels running the schools just don't know when to quit -- just tossing good money after bad.

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coop0188Oct. 12, 12 1:31 AM

I just want to say I wish *I* was assigned Sherman Alexie when I was in high school! Love him!

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comment229Oct. 12, 12 4:29 AM

How quickly some people can throw the word failure out there. It's a start and that is all it is for now. Give it a chance.

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minneg56Oct. 12, 12 6:53 AM

comment229- I certainly respect your opinion but zestfully disagree with it. From my perspective- as a 35 year property taxpayer and life long city resident of Minneapolis - who has voted in favor of EVERY education bond issue and levy proposed - I feel this is indeed a total waste of money. A situation where proven failure for DECADES is simply met with what... more taxpayer money? There is a point of diminishing returns for any project. When there are NO RETURNS it's time to pull the plug. Although this is a noble effort- keeping a facility built for 1600 students open for 200? This is a waste of money. I will agree that everyone deserves a chance. But there are other facilities with room -where students can have that chance. This would be a success only when this school can COST EFFECTIVELY produce grade appropriate reading and math levels through it's students- along with a student body which can be accepted to the colleges / post high school programs of their choice. MPS- please end this madness.

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Thumper5316Oct. 12, 12 8:14 AM

You can change how the school operates but you can't change the type of student you get. The core change needs to come from the parents and those that have youngsters today don't know how to be parents anymore. Most have shoved the kids into daycare since they were 6 weeks old. They expect somebody else to do their job for them.

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marathongirlOct. 12, 12 8:40 AM

I don't want this state asking for another dime. It is ridiculous the waste going into that school. There are other options for those students, you do not hold open a building for 1700 for only 200-300 students(and have 65 in one wing and the rest all over, hello, keep them in one area and close off the rest to save on heating costs). Then spending $155,000 on consultants to help turn things around. That could be a salary for 3 years for one teacher, or one year for 3 teachers. I agree with others, government is the most inefficient means to education. Time to go for other options.

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StansgirlOct. 12, 12 9:06 AM

I'm a proud graduate of North High - class of 1961. Cheering all of them on andd hoping this works for everyone! Go,Polars!

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