Study: Open enrollment hurts balance in Twin Cities

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 7:36 AM

Co-author says the program has "white flight effect" on city schools.

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icemagic21Jan. 19, 1311:45 AM

Race is only part of the issue. Poverty levels have to be addressed in these types of articles.

weenurJan. 19, 13 1:20 PM

I personally don't believe most residents of NE Mpls are trying to avoid diversity, given where they are choosing to live. I don't know if the same is true for Hopkins students transferring to Minnetonka. One important point this article missed, residents of NE who explores this issue know that if you don't want your kids to go to Edison, your odds of getting into St. Anthony are better if you transfer younger - hence kids choosing to go to the St. Anthony district at younger ages rather than waiting until high school.

bebefortyJan. 19, 13 2:20 PM

So "balance," is more important than a quality education or attending whichever school your tay-paying parents feel like sending you to?

ajnaguyJan. 19, 13 2:30 PM

The Northeast community checked out of Edison decades ago, mostly because of district meddling. Your reporter needs to do some digging into history, specifically the 1980's. Things were done that led to the severe decline of both Edison and North.

jimjimjimjimJan. 19, 13 3:20 PM

Race has nothing to do with it. I wouldn't allow my kids to go to a school district that had 100% white kids if those kids were undisciplined, not ready to learn, disrespectful of teachers and authorities and violent. This is a result of liberal politics that have told women they do not need men, that the government will provide for them and their children and that men need not responsible for their children. Communities full of welfare recipients and single parent households are the cause of the failed schools.

Wally_99Jan. 19, 13 3:22 PM

BWAAAAAhwahwahwahwahwa. I went to a now-closed South Minneapolis Public School. It was terrific up until about 1978. Now, regrettably, inner city public schools such as mine have to deal with multiple languages, gangsters, and numerous special needs. There is no ability for the schools or teachers to wield authority any more. They have been stewed in the collective juice of the DFL party.

serfdumbJan. 19, 13 3:58 PM

It's not only the 400 students who are leaving Minneapolis. The city also loses about $3.6 million in state aid, and St. Anthony gains almost as much. - What does that show you? People vote with their feet. That is exactly why you will never get vouchers, because the failing public schools will dry up and underperforming teachers will be gone. Public schools are a welfare system for the teachers union.

FrankLJan. 19, 13 3:59 PM

Why is it reported that it is a loss of money? The money simply transfers to a different location, there is no net loss of money. And while people may cringe at this statement, there is more to school than classes, kids and parents want meaningful extracurricular activities. i look at the top ten students in my class, we were all involved in multiple sports, band, plays, etc.

serfdumbJan. 19, 13 4:08 PM

So "balance," is more important than a quality education or attending whichever school your tay-paying parents feel like sending you to? - The government solution will be to make all shcools equal to the lowest common denominator. No schoosl can be better than others because that would be unfair. Only solution is to offer equally crappy education for the most money to everyone. The high cost of public shcools prices most people out of the private market since they still have to pay for public. This is where people should be mad, not at those that can afford private, but because they are being underserved by the government run, disgraceful, public school system.

serfdumbJan. 19, 13 4:11 PM

Race is only part of the issue. Poverty levels have to be addressed in these types of articles. - Poverty has nothing to do with learning. Those educated in the one room shcool house 100 years ago would trounce their counterparts of today's system.


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