Minnesota's first self-governed school may close

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 11:54 PM

Minneapolis French school struggles to attract teachers, students.

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mpls80210Dec. 21, 13 2:09 PM

Of the out of district parent who is leaving: "She and others cited discipline issues that need to be addressed to keep such parents." This seems to be the trend. Create a nice school, attract students from around the metro, then let the behavior run wild to avoid over suspending minority students. The well behaved students will move on, and you'll be left with another poor performing "urban" school. Failing to hold students of all colors and backgrounds accountable for their behavior is just another form of bigotry. It is essential saying that the district doesn't expect them to be able to behave, so we'll just lower the bar so you can stay in the building. If the same principal were applied to standardized testing or job performance, everyone would be in an uproar. Why this seems ok is lost on me.

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jaynedrakeDec. 21, 13 2:38 PM

I'm a retired teacher and long time union member, and I always thought this French school was a very poor idea. The union should have opened a self-governed school to teach English basic skills. See if they could do better running a school than the Mpls school system. Ah, and the issue of discipline or lack of it is rearing its head. Doesn't surprise me, as the Minneapolis Schools, in any form, will not stop disruptive behavior in the classrooms. They just keep making excuses for it, even suggesting bad behavior is not bad behavior. All in all, I really have always felt sorry for the vast majority who want to learn but are not allowed to. They do not count in Minneapolis. The disrupters have all the rights.

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MizlizDec. 23, 13 1:24 PM

We are one of the families that left the school this year. We are north siders and decided that it would be a better use of our children's time to commute to the French immersion in St. Paul then to stay at the one a mile from our house because of the behavior in the classrooms. I went to North Minneapolis schools my whole life and it was never this bad. We lost a lot of faith in the district after this experience and will not be going back to the Minneapolis Public Schools anymore. I feel really bad for the children because this there chance to get a good education and they are the ones loosing.

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