St. Paul schools grapple with growing pains

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 4, 2013 - 11:44 PM

Early-year changes are “typical,” said St. Paul district officials, who pointed to the plus side of having more students, too.

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stpaulisbestOct. 6, 13 3:20 PM

The problems in the middle schools are entirely due to the Superintendent's policies of 1) increasing segregation by insisting that most students attend failing schools in their own neighborhoods, and 2) Shoehorning 6th graders into middle schools designed for only 7th and 8th graders. There is no room in these schools, but the biggest problem is that, instead of giving the schools their student list last April, they waited until June. None f the middle schools, with the exception of Highland which already had 6th grade, was able to schedule properly. Consequently there was vastly more than the usual start of the year problems. Students were shifted between classes, teachers were shuffled around. My daughter has been in 3 different math classes, had two different language teachers, two different homeroom (foundation) teachers. Let's face it, the very fact that this is a news story (because of a news release by the district) is proof that this is far more than the ordinary start of the year muddle.

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viqueenfailOct. 7, 1312:12 PM

At my son's school, several of the teachers have begun to use the term "Silva'd". As in, "we had a plan that worked but then we got Silva'd". Or, Your son was in my class, but he got Silva'd".

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