Minnesota gets 'D' for its school reforms

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 12:07 PM

National advocacy group chided Minnesota for being "stagnant." No state ranked higher than a "B-."

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pmarc078Jan. 7, 13 6:50 AM

no worries.....we will have a class "A" football stadium soon.....

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EleanoreJan. 7, 13 6:57 AM

"For states to fare well in the group's rankings, the solution is simple: Adopt reform measures proposed by StudentsFirst" - Thanks but your ideas really don't have a place in MN. We don't allow mayoral control of schools and vouchers simply aren't the way we fund education here. Why don't you limit your experimentation to California and see how it works there , they seem to welcome outside values.

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tandabussJan. 7, 13 7:19 AM

We'll never achieve any meaningful reform if we leave underperforming teachers in classrooms.

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gcrileyJan. 7, 13 7:36 AM

tandabuss Jan. 7, 13 7:19 AM We'll never achieve any meaningful reform if we leave underperforming teachers in classrooms. -- And as long has it is left up to politicians or former politicians

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comment229Jan. 7, 13 7:38 AM

"former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee"... Kind of says it all doesn't it? Now instead of an educator, she is a lobbyist. Wonder how her salary compares to that of an educator? I would be the first to tell her, to her face, that she is the biggest phony in the history of education. And if you don't believe that, go back and review the schools that she gave the highest recommendations and the schools that she shot down. That speaks volumes too.

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comment229Jan. 7, 13 7:42 AM

tandabuss: "We'll never achieve any meaningful reform if we leave underperforming teachers in classrooms." I agree with you except for one word.... change the word "teachers" to "students" and you will be closer to the truth in our society. You sound like you have a chip on your shoulder. My apologies to the students who show up ready for school each day and see the value of school, homework, and hard work.

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comment229Jan. 7, 13 7:47 AM

PS... I will even add one more idea that determines success for students. Too often I hear politicians and parents and some public advocates for school reform, make the statement, "Do your homework!" Ironic, because every teacher in America will agree with that.... if you add one word to the end of the quote.... "well." Just showing up for school is not good enough. Would your boss accept that idea in the business world? There is a segment of American society that would have you believe that schools and their staff(s) are the problem. Sorry, no, our society and culture are the problem. Teachers and schools are the scapegoats.

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wulffie22Jan. 7, 13 8:03 AM

As long as the union is running the show there will be no meaningful reform. Example mentioned in the article of last in, first out policy needs to be changed but it won't be.

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ironman1Jan. 7, 13 8:20 AM

Get all of the politicians out of schools. That is the reform for school success. Just another attempt to destroy public schools.

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jackpinesavJan. 7, 13 8:26 AM

SCHOOLS (k-12 AND HIGHER ED) ARE JOBS TRAINING FOR FUTURE WORLD ECONOMY IN WHICH WE COMPETE AND ARE GETTING HANDED OUR LUNCH. LAST 2 GOVERNORS DID NOT SUPPORT SCHOOLS (RASSLER ACTUALLY OPPOSED REFERENDUM IN HOME DISTRICT WHERE HIS CHILD WAS IN SPECIAL ED).LAST LEGISLATURE TOOK MONEY FROM SCHOOLS, MADE SCHOOL BOARDS BORROW CASH, AND CLAIMED INCREASE IN STATE SURPLUS. TO COMPETE, WE WILL NEED TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AND FUEL OUR ECONOMY.

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