Academic goals lowered, but Minneapolis still falls short

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2012 - 11:37 PM

Superintendent confident that new strategies will lead to gains.

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roymercerOct. 19, 12 8:16 PM

This problem is easily solved. Lower the standards again.

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dflleftOct. 19, 12 8:23 PM

A 43% GRADUATION RATE

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fattyfatamyOct. 19, 12 8:45 PM

Here's the deal. Running the Mpls schools is a really tough job, and historically whomever held the position had to constantly deal with meetings full of furious black parents yelling at them. The Powers That Be finally got fed up (as they do in most big cities) and hired a black woman to run the schools, her main qualifications being that she was black and a woman. The Powers care more about not being yelled at than they do schools full of minority kids. Their idea is "here, have one of your own run the schools, and don't come crying when she fails". Johnson has failed, and when her contract is bought out, she will get a similar gig in Cleveland, or Oakland, and the farce will begin all over again. Yes, I know I sound horribly racist, but I am a parent with two black kids in Mpls schools. Of course a black, or a red, or a green person can be an excellent candidate for this position. What we hire, though, is a barely professional, non-accessible figurehead chosen to mollify the angry mob. We need better and our kids deserve better. Whomever we chose to replace Johnson MUST be better.

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drawthehackOct. 19, 12 8:46 PM

What? You expect better results? Just shut up and pay up.

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rebelrebelOct. 19, 12 8:51 PM

The district set the standards in 2007 as part of its first strategic plan in more than 20 years. But it eased them two years ago, after administrators said the earlier goals might make people throw up their hands and call them impossible. They called the revamped goals doable -- and said that districts similar to Minneapolis were achieving them. I think that says it all. No new plan in over twenty years. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STEALING MONEY!!!! MN=Education State. That's funny. I think that's an oxymoron until these numbers change. DAMN SHAME!!!!

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triodeOct. 19, 12 9:02 PM

The academic achievement gap is not the fault of the school board. It is the fault of the students, their parents, and the culture they come from. When you lower academic standards, you chase the middle class out of the city. Instead, examine the culture of the underclass, call it by its proper name and attack it viciously. Instead of respecting cultural diversity, try to change the culture. Enforce behavior rules. Don't put the good kids in the same building with the bad kids. Protect the smart kids from the bullies. Celebrate academic achievement instead of sports. Tell the kids every day that attitudes and choices create outcomes, and that excuses create failure.

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smilinjoeOct. 19, 12 9:05 PM

Get rid of this liberal ideology and replace that with personal accountability.

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thecynic5712Oct. 19, 12 9:07 PM

This is one large reason that our elected officials perhaps should have spent more time focusing on education and less time on focusing on new stadiums the last several years. PLEASE NOTE: I did not say throwing more money at education, I said focusing on education. Nuf Said.

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justaxnspendOct. 19, 12 9:09 PM

Ready, shoot....aim??!!

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kenw1952wOct. 19, 12 9:31 PM

Johnson's strategy will be to lower the standards even more........and then more in 2013 and then she will get a huge buyout of her contract and the process will start all over again with someone new.

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