The DFL is eroding Minnesota schools

  • Article by: Katherine Kersten
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 5:39 PM

It’s not putting it too strongly to say there are tragic implications.

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norselandcSep. 21, 13 5:19 PM

Thank goodness KK is busy advocating for the equity interests of our students of color and those in poverty. She'll be at the homeless shelter later, handing out bootstraps for those who get their food stamps cut.

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jjsbrwSep. 21, 13 5:42 PM

Sorry, kk. I don't give any of my 150 students a passing grade "just for showing up.". They have to earn it. At at my very large, very diverse, 50% minority, 40% free and reduced lunch high school we have standards that often shock those underperforming kids who come to us from all over the world.

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pumiceSep. 21, 13 7:02 PM

Re: "[Ms. Kersten]'ll be at the homeless shelter later, handing out bootstraps for those who get their food stamps cut." Speaking of bootstraps (and, possibly, of families with two involved parents of the same or opposite gender), jjsbrw, here's a line from the report: "The heteroskedasticity-robust standard errors clustered at the block level are reported for OLS estimates, while the standard errors based on 500 bootstrapped cluster replications are given for FEQR estimates." I hope that satisfactorily explains Ms. Kersten's point.

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bluebird227Sep. 21, 13 7:17 PM

I'm pretty sure that when KK graduated from high school Qcomp, GRAD tests, Teach for America, and Basic Skills tests for teachers did not exist. However did kids learn anything!!! (By the way, none of these programs and requirements exist today in private schools, which she so often praises.) I'm also guessing there were fewer ESL kids, transient kids, and profoundly disabled kids. I graduated in 1984 from a school that didn't even offer a foreign language, and of course there were no Advanced Placement courses. Our schools are highly successful when students go to class and are held accountable at home.

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pumiceSep. 21, 13 7:17 PM

"The data clearly, if you put it on a scale, is weighted toward demonstrating that TFA teachers, compared to other new teachers, are clearly effective at increasing student achievement," [TFA national spokesperson] Steve Mancini says. Note that the comparison is between new teachers--those trained in traditional programs, those trained in TFA's 5 week program and those trained in alternative certification programs, some requiring as little as 30 on-line hours. Julian Vasquez Heilig (UT, Austin) notes, "When [Mathematica] compared the TFA teachers to the certified teachers, they weren't better. There's no significant result."

Which begs the questions: (1) Why does our nation have such a concept as "hard to staff" schools? (2) Why doesn't TFA apply for accreditation so any recent college graduate who can't find a job in his/her field can qualify for a teacher's license without the necessity of a variance? (3) How can our nation recruit the best and brightest high school graduate to a career in teaching rather than to a two-year résumé-padding stint waiting for a job in the field in which s/he earned a degree? In other words, "How can our nation attract and retain highly qualified teachers to teach in hard-to-staff schools?" or "How can our nation eliminate hard-to-staff schools?" or "How can our nation provide equal educational opportunity for every child, regardless of economic class into which s/he is born?"

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jim4848Sep. 21, 13 8:09 PM

Makes you wonder what came first. The problems in education or the GOP's interfering with the education system.

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badcopperSep. 21, 13 9:08 PM

Our schools are highly successful when students go to class and are held accountable at home.---- i agree whole heartedly. Then why does the teacher union accept credit when students do well but level blame at parents when they dont do well. In either case, the accountabilty/credit lies with parents

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wplettfanSep. 21, 1310:11 PM

badcopper - You were down on St. Paul teachers for turning down Q comp. If the teacher makes no difference then what do you care what the teachers do?

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texas_technomanSep. 22, 13 6:26 AM

I guess that's why Mn students consistently score higher that 80% of the other states on the annual ACT tests. There just might be a correlation between those test scores and the quality of our schools...don't you think KK?

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mnliberal68Sep. 22, 13 8:15 AM

KK is a very delusional conservative. She seems to forget that it was the GOP who borrowed money from the public school system to close a budget gap. Conservatives have never liked public schools!

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