Full steam ahead — again — for St. Paul's Strong Schools plan

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Superintendent lays out second phase of district’s restructuring.

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EleanoreJan. 30, 14 2:07 PM

Glorious five year plan! Vision! Sweeping changes! Whats not to be enthralled by? Details.

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dentesterJan. 30, 14 2:55 PM

"The district also has fallen short of its hopes for a 3,000-student enrollment bump." Enrollment continues to decline as parents are voting with their feet. At 39,000 students, enrollment is at it's lowest level ever.

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trice01Jan. 30, 14 3:34 PM

"methods that have included encouraging staff members to engage in “courageous conversations” about any racial biases they may bring to their work." Ok, so Step One is to get the teachers to admit that any racial gaps which might exist in their district are the result of their own personal racism. Step Two is to cook the books on discipline so it appears that it is being meted out equally and proportionately to all racial groups, thus counteracting accusations of racially based suspension and expulsion policies. Smoke and Mirrors, 2.0.

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stpaulisbestJan. 30, 14 7:27 PM

Parents are pulling their kids out in droves. If the Strib would stop simply printing Silva's press releases and do a little looking they would see that Silva's plan is actually all about getting poor performing schools to look ass though they are doing better by forcing the better students to go to the poor performing schools instead of being able to exercise their options under School Choice. Silva is using a poorly collated data set to claim that students actually do better in their neighborhood schools. Not true according to over 35 peer reviewed studies. But Silva can't figure out any other way to get the test scores up at those poor performing schools. And then she has addressed the issue of racial bias in disciplining students by the simple expedient of gaming the numbers by telling the teachers not to write up individual students. As a result, bad schools are becoming worse with kids running amok in the classrooms and teachers left with no tools to manage their own classrooms. But don't those numbers look good? All except the number of students enrolled. We're leaving at the end of the year and we know 2 other families on our block alone planning to leave as well.

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thaleenaJan. 31, 14 9:46 AM

REstpaulisbest"We're leaving at the end of the year and we know 2 other families on our block alone planning to leave as well. You better not wait until the end of the year as ISD 622 fills up fast. Finally was able to get my 4th child into ISD 622 this year for first grade, and the family couldn't be happier--they are NOT taught to the lowest denominator and they are no longer one of the only two white kids in their classes. My neighbor to the left took her 3 kids out of St. Paul schools a long time ago, and just this week my neighbor to the right asked me the process for Maplewood, as she is taking her two kids out asap. Helps living close to McKnight, but I would drive however far I had to to get them out of SPPS. Even the schools smell better.

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stpaulisbestJan. 31, 1412:25 PM

Thaleena - No problem. We're going charter in St. Paul. Already have a spot. But thanks anyway.

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isogstreetJan. 31, 1412:28 PM

My question is when will the School Board wake up and start doing their jobs? They've been a rubber stamp for every Superintendent we've had. And with each new Superintendent they praise her plans to the highest haven even when they are exactly the opposite of the previous Superintendent's plans that they also praised to heaven. Not so bad when it was Harvey, but when you have Silva it's a disaster. It's time for the School Board to make a change. Or maybe it's time for a new School Board. How about a petition that the Board resign?

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