New Minneapolis school finds its voice

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 8:44 PM

Minnesota's first self-governed district school, Pierre Bottineau, teaches French and breaks new ground.

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Kate23Nov. 26, 12 9:32 PM

Minneapolis hopes to "make progress on the state's student achievement gap" by teaching in a FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Really? Perhaps more tax dollars will help...

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educator1Nov. 27, 1212:41 AM

Good for Tina M and the other teachers - who have stayed with this and are using their ideas & research to help students. Teacher professionalism at its best.

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mnnice33Nov. 27, 12 6:29 AM

I was interested in the headline self governed thinking it meant more input from the consumers of the service but was then surprised that self governed meant run by the teachers. Are those teachers really in touch with what the particular students they are responsible for educating really need to succeed in life day to day outside of schools. Maybe / Maybe not.

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barthosrNov. 27, 12 7:04 AM

Congratulations to the teachers, staff and families at Pierre Bottineau! The self-governed school model is proven to work, though starting something new and different is challenging. Thank you for your commitment to students!

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EleanoreNov. 27, 12 7:23 AM

Absolutely no WIH this school is part of the uniform system of schools in MN. Not one public dollar should be directed to it, and none of the acheivements of the kids going there should be considered sufficient for passing grade standards in MN.

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mohawk1953Nov. 27, 12 7:55 AM

French? Really? What a waste of tax dollars. How about having the students learn proper english and grammar, and maybe some math.

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omgurdensNov. 27, 12 8:11 AM

A lot of small minded people will not understand the concept, but immersion has been proven to be a more effective way of raising test scores. With the achievement gap as big as it is, we need to be trying everything. Think big people.

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ivanbroNov. 27, 12 8:32 AM

They be parlez-vouzing Francais all up in there

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tbot2000Nov. 27, 12 9:15 AM

absolutely right omgurdens!

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dahutysNov. 27, 12 9:58 AM

I might agree with the whines about immersion language being "useless" if the school were teaching, say, medieval Lithuanian. But anyone who's claiming that French is useless is ignoring the existence of bilingual Canada, a next-door neighbor, often ally, and massive trade partner. There are also plenty of former colonial regions that still use French. A kid who knows that language can build an excellent career in international business or the State Department.

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