Mayoral control of schools? Not likely here

  • Article by: EMILY JOHNS and CHRIS HAVENS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 25, 2009 - 9:49 PM

The U.S. education secretary is calling for big-city mayors to take over struggling urban school districts. Local education experts don't think it's necessary here.

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RexNewmanApr. 25, 09 8:32 PM

Putting city mayors in charge of schools where the boundaries are the same would at least put someone in charge. The current system where the School Board chair is not directly elected has accountability problems. How about we elect Superintendents? We elect sheriffs, attorney generals, and judges, important jobs also requiring impressive resumes. Superintendents dabble in politics now, as in lobbying, and sometimes by indoctrination via the curriculum.

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eagles037Apr. 26, 09 7:40 AM

In smaller cities it would pay to put the a select number of mayor onto the school boards. as the current set up of school districts leads to alot of waste.

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lexlugerApr. 26, 09 9:00 AM

Say RT takes over Minneapolis schools, will he get rid of Stewart?

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focusonkidsApr. 26, 09 2:31 PM

How do you insure that decisions made are made wisely and not out of rash grasping? Solutions are needed. Also, who can stop the censorship, manipulation and harassment that appears to be alive, well and embraced among the school board? Hey RT.. do you think the board needs to apologize to Burroughs school for such a horrible unjust accusation of racism? Someone needs to guide the board towards the light of dignity. Who can help solve and mend this broken bridge?

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klporterApr. 26, 09 3:54 PM

Especially since it now appears that urban School Chiefs seem to move on after 2 or 3 years. But I worry about keeping politics out of curriculum. I think there's too much political and governmental interference at this time. School Districts ought to answer to School Boards made up of people who understand the communities and families they serve. You could make that argument for mayors, but what happens when a new party takes office? How do you prevent a pattern of about faces with each election cycle?

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dgb049Apr. 26, 09 5:49 PM

RT sez: "$50,000 drinking fountains in all scholls!"

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mplsunApr. 26, 09 7:15 PM

I hope Chris Stewart runs for mayor in 2010.

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cunderwood4Apr. 26, 09 9:12 PM

What a wonderful idea! I can just see it now: Teachers arrive in anonymous "Ninja turtle" riot gear. Whispering to your neighbor gets you a face full of pepper-spray. Hall monitors wield huge clubs against those who walk too slowly or stop to chat. At random moments during the week, the entire lunchroom is rounded up and placed in holding cells. Helicopters hover continuously over the building, with strapped-in "security" officers training automatic weapons on all visitors. The principal directs all operations from a multimillion dollar hardened bunker, observing every detail of behavior from scores cameras everywhere, from the halls to the girls' locker room. I'm sure children will learn much more under these "enhanced" learning situations.

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focusonkidsApr. 27, 09 9:50 AM

Thanks for the laugh cunderwood4.. nice creative and sarcastic writing. hehehehhahaha! Takeover isn't the answer I agree. The good news is the spot light is on the mismanagement of the school board. Which helps cast the light on what matters our children not the sketchy outline of a mass cyborg plan.

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