Minneapolis enrollment plan readied for Tuesday vote

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 5:16 AM

Changes proposed at Wilder set the stage for the biggest enrollment shift in Minneapolis schools since 2009.

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jaynedrakeDec. 9, 1310:39 PM

Sounds good, now three further suggestions are: 1) give Roosevelt back the area that was taken by South, thus lessening the # of students at South 2) Give Washburn back the area to their south, thus lessening the # of students at Southwest. 3) Make all students in North's attendance area go there, and start AP there.

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oyoo15Dec. 10, 13 9:26 AM

Respectfully encourage parents in the District, no matter how old your kids are and which schools they attend, to watch the School Board meeting tonight when you have time - it is carried live on public access TV and can be streamed live through the School Board's website, but the audio and video is also posted to the website within a day or two so can be watched on-demand. Policy proposals like these have lasting effects on the District, and learning how the Area and citywide school board members think and vote on these issues make for more meaningful engagement (and more informed voting when the time comes) by us parents. It's also crazy how time flies, and the kindergardeners and pre-K kids of today are sure to be affected by any big changes down the road even if their particular school isn't directly altered now.

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mamachichaDec. 10, 1311:11 AM

Buildings are not a school district or program, they are buildings. Please use resources to expand successful programs, for the pay and retention of excellent teachers. Too much time, energy and resources are spent on buildings and musical chairs and the continual movement of students. Expand successful programs into unsuccessful schools. Populate all of the schools by redrawing boundaries until they are all successful and full, then we can add on and build new.

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potatobugDec. 10, 13 1:43 PM

There should not be the option for students to go to whatever school they want. They should go to the school within the boundaries they live. This would solve many of the problems that MPS has faced and still faces. Stop trying to make everyone happy and do what successful districts do; in trying to make everyone happy, you make nobody happy and the students are the ones who suffer most.

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eyespyDec. 10, 13 7:21 PM

MPS is trying to build programs that will bring families back to the district. If you go to any of the surrounding suburbs, you will find that about 1/3 of the students in gifted and talented programs are from Minneapolis. They left because MPS will not serve highly able students. So what does MPS do to try to lure these families back? They cut the proposal for a GT school at Wilder. Nice way to bring those students and that money back to the district.

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