Cedar Park Elementary: Is it a success story or a segregated school?

  • Article by: Erin Adler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Cedar Park Elementary STEM School hasn’t budged from the state’s list of racially identifiable schools since 2004 — but the school has made progress in other areas.

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mavsfanOct. 14, 13 5:05 PM

I hope people understand what this school has done to achieve more racial diversity (less black students). In 2006 they became a STEM school, meaning they decided to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. So, what the principal, district, and the state is saying that if you need to reduce the percentage of black students, make it a more rigorous school. Keep in mind that they became a STEM school "as a way to reduce racial imbalances." What that says about race, expectations, and institutional racism is fascinating to me. The fact that this author let it slide without any discussion says a lot as well.

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mavsfanOct. 15, 13 8:03 PM

Wait a minute. Are you a reporter or a cheerleader? The school was too racially segregated so they turned it into a STEM magnet school to address that issue. Basic math tells you that they expect a STEM school to attract more white students to reduce the percentage of minority students, otherwise the whole plan doesn't address the state's concern of being too racially segregated. You can defend the school's decision and cheerlead their results, but you can't pretend that's not the reason why they went STEM.

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