Minneapolis delays plan to close schools, redraw boundaries

  • Article by: PATRICE RELERFORD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2009 - 1:41 PM

Saying the previous idea would have been "DOA," Minneapolis officials will revise the plan that would have affected an estimated one-third of the district's 32,500 students.

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artistaMay. 6, 0910:07 PM

Keep Pratt OPEN!

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perronjpMay. 6, 0910:11 PM

Enrollment down = less classroom space needed. Less buildings to maintain, heat, cool = less money needed. Dems controlling the School Board = Look for additional funding or levies rather than living within their budget. The fact of the matter is more than 50 cents of every State tax dollar collected goes toward the Education Black Hole. And people such as those that populate this Mpls. School Board contribute greatly to the waste. Close the buildings, consolidate the services, save some cash even though they will probably throw it at the next Superintendant that couldn't possibly be hired internally. But that is another matter.

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dgb049May. 6, 0910:32 PM

There will never be enough money for government schools. It's never enough. Why are enrollments down? Because parents are chosing to send their children to other schools. The people are voting with their feet, but the School Board wants to deny this reality. It's amazing, the worst they do, the more money they get!

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mplsmom64May. 6, 0910:47 PM

The key to a major budget adjustment for MPS lies in reduced transportation costs. Close all magnets and go back to community schools. Neighborhood schools unify neighborhoods. Give the underpriveledged access to public transportation. If middle class families choose to send their children to a school across town they can provide thier own means to get them there and save the District a ton.

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steven68May. 6, 0911:11 PM

School enrollment is steadily declining yet the school board refuses to close schools and consolidate. And people wonder why the govt has a deficit.

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metomnMay. 6, 0911:31 PM

Magnet school were created to deal with the lawsuit of segregation in Minneapolis, closing them and having only community school will not fix this problem. We have money for new stadiums, but there is no new money for schools. Cost of everything continues to rise. Closing schools, and refurbishing/ adding on/ or building new ones still costs money it just comes out of a different fund.

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dinodinoMay. 7, 0912:12 AM

The ones to suffer are the children now and society later. Cut out the busing. I watch the kids from my neighborhood get bussed all morning long from 6:30-9:30 every morning. Gangs increase because the children in the neighborhoods don't know one another. We may have integrated the schools (minimally and for the fed. dollars), but at what cost and don't forget the pollution they sprew.

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osageapplesMay. 7, 09 4:29 AM

A rapidly changing society based on an economy of information and learning shuts down its schools. Does anyone see a problem here??? Schooling as we have known it is dead. We need a Public Learning Board that transcends school districts. It should include private schools, charters, homeschools, public districts, colleges, libraries, online educators, religious educators, corporate learning centers, etc. etc. The Public Learning Board could recycle the school buildings as truly community learning centers serving all ages--as centers to facilitate the ongoing learning/transformation necessary in a rapidly changing world/society.

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bnutt55May. 7, 09 5:55 AM

The amount of money to be saved on transprtation costs is huge. Continue open enrollment in Minneapolis but, leave it up to the parents/guardians to provide transportation for their children to get there. If they believe a particular school in a specific neighborhood is better/worse than another, then they will find a way to get their child to the school of their choice if it is important to them. As far as the issues of race and poverty are concerned in this debate over restructuring of schools...there is only one place in Minneapolis where that would even be an issue...and that's in lily white Southwest Minneapolis. If the school district was really commited to providing equal access to education for students of all colors, the schools in Southwest Minneapolis would have an equal representation of minority and impoverished students at their schools as does the rest of the schools throughout the district.

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kennedylandMay. 7, 09 6:05 AM

The Minneapolis Public Schools lack solid, thoughtful leadership. They need to make some bold and difficult decisions. The only thing they can do is continue to delay those decisions. Too much time is spent talking and talking. They need to clean house and reduce all of those "administrators" who have been at 807 for years and years and who have done nothing of merit. This current administration has been "leading" this school system for more than two years with little to no action. The clock is done ticking. Bill Green needs to resign, his ineffective leadership staff needs to go as well. We need leaders who have a practical sense of how to run a school system. All this time has gone by and still nothing is happening that will improve the situation. They talk, delay, delay, delay, and talk about it. This is beyond shameful. It's a misuse of public trust. The first thing to change needs to be a house cleaning at 807 and I suggest that it happen today.

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