Rybak moves on to tackle achievement gap

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 6:59 PM

Departing Minneapolis mayor is a good choice for education effort.

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badcopperNov. 1, 13 7:07 AM

Tell him to focus on the family structure and culture.... And no, you cant have my money to do it

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odinmanNov. 1, 13 7:14 AM

The achievement gap will never be narrowed until the state stops condoning (through cash and other "assistance") the problem of unwed motherhood and unfit parenthood. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows this and all the programs and money in the world will only make a marginal difference at best.

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tscallonNov. 1, 13 9:40 AM

Again, Congratulations to RT. He is very qualified for this effort and job. I wish him well tackling the complex achievement gap problem

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circleoflifeNov. 1, 1311:47 AM

The achievement gap is due to bad or no parenting. Until Mr Rybak understands that, it will never be fixed. It sickens me that we're still going to be paying him a salary working in the public sector. Work in the private sector. We've had enough of you "serving" the public.

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rlwr51Nov. 1, 13 1:45 PM

Does he have a degree in education, or is it child psychology?

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martytoilNov. 1, 13 6:48 PM

odinman--"The achievement gap will never be narrowed until the state stops condoning (through cash and other "assistance") the problem of unwed motherhood and unfit parenthood."--"The achievement gap will never be narrowed until the state stops condoning (through cash and other "assistance")" is not the cause of "the problem of unwed motherhood and unfit parenthood."

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patasticNov. 1, 13 9:26 PM

So, basically he'll look good in a suit and say nice things that won't offend anyone. Otherwise, he's a total waste. And doesn't Minneapolis have a school district like other cities and towns in Minnesota? Why does the Mayor of Minneapolis have anything to do with education? There are already hundreds of highly trained and experienced educators in the district. There are already dozens of organizations working on closing the gap. At least all Rybak has to do is look good in a suit and not say anything that will offend anyone...mission accomplished.

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murph22Nov. 5, 13 4:19 PM

The program is another federal waste of taxpayer money. You should know that RT was promised a cushy job form the white house for carrying Obama's water in Minnesota. Another waste of federal dollars from the education department. Breakdown of the family is the reason for the disparity in the black community, using Obama's word, PERIOD.

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jeankquamNov. 21, 13 4:29 PM

The Achievement Gap is a complicated issue. To help define it in a clear manner, UMN CEHD created this video and infographic along with highlights on how you can help: http://cehdvision2020.umn.edu/cehd-blog/help-close-achievement-gap/ -Dean Jean Quam, University of Minnesota – College of Education & Human Development

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