Do bus passes aid attendance in Minneapolis?

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2013 - 10:14 PM

Numbers from October find a mixed pattern for Minneapolis high schools, with attendance down at three schools and up at two.

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rlwr51Feb. 9, 1312:29 AM

DUMB idea.

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educator1Feb. 9, 13 2:35 AM

Hope follow up continues. We need to know the impact of new efforts. Do they have the intended impact?

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johnmplsFeb. 9, 13 8:03 AM

A lesson my kids learned early is they either got themselves ready in time to catch the school bus, or they were in big trouble. They did miss the bus a few times when they were younger, but they learned the lession: That sometimes you must follow schedules. Both continued on and are now successful in the post-college real world. Why in the name of all things logical would we want to teach high school kids that they don't need to get up when the alarm goes off the first time???????

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mnhockey70Feb. 9, 13 8:52 AM

The rest of Minnesota students get up and catch the school bus, why are students in Minneapolis so different? Patrick Henry still had access to the school bus back in October. Not sure that including those attendance numbers would be accurate. But thanks for tracking this story.

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elle2008Feb. 9, 1312:46 PM

And the point of this experiment is what? To keep the MTC viable though school funds? If kids can't catch the bus, any bus, that means that they are not engaged in their school life and perhaps their parents are not paying attention. As a parent of four, I can tell you, mornings with teens were hell. Lots of yelling everyday to get that kid going. Has the changed? Doesn't seem like it. WTH are we as a society supposed to do about this? Just asking....

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mnhockey70Feb. 9, 13 1:28 PM

Huh. Look at this, even more issues with Metro Transit. http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2926019.shtml?cat=1

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mrmplsFeb. 12, 1311:08 AM

I think it's a tragety that inner city student have to take city busses to attend class. I see young children as young as 9 or 10 standing on bus stops early in the morning before the sun is up. Shame on Mpls Public schools for eliminating transportation in education. When I'm in the suburbs, I see multitudes of busses lined up at the RICH schools. I guess middle class, and poor children don't deserve the same educational treatment as the rich kids! PATHETIC!!

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