Parents want school they can call their own

  • Article by: Emily Johns , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2009 - 11:07 PM

Neighbors in southwest Minneapolis think the district is taking the wrong approach for their community.

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glork98Jul. 2, 09 1:36 PM

No counter arguments in the story? That is weak reporting.

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f2mamaJul. 6, 09 8:35 AM

This is just more fluff to cover up the real agenda of a small F2 group to take over the Barton building. This small group of well-connected parents lead by the Onsrud's is truly out of line putting two successful schools at risk (Barton and Lyndale) at a time of a budget crisis and need to strengthen Minneapolis schools to attract more children back to the district. It's pretty clear that Emily Johns got her information from this one group. She didn't even dig in deep enough to discover that many other attendance areas in Minneapolis WITH community schools send their children all over the district just like F2. This is not unique to F2. And a LARGE majority of F2 only attend 3 schools - they are using these numbers to exaggerate the problem. Please urge your school board members to support smart academic changes that will not put the Minneapolis schools district at even more of a disadvantage in the future. Call your board members TODAY!

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mtonsrudJul. 7, 09 9:59 AM

There are more than 40 F2 parents actively involved in creating a community school solution that will provide a clear K-12 educational pathway that will be inclusive of all children living within three neighborhoods in south Minneapolis (Lyndale, Kingfield, East Harriet). This solution will decrease busing, increase racial and economic diversity, and create quality community schools for all children living between Lake Street and 46th Street and between 35W and Dupont Avenue (roughly). We have collected over 600 signatures from the community in support of this idea so far. I encourage everyone living within F2/D5 Lyndale, Kingfield, East Harriet to get up-to-speed on the details regarding MPS's changing school options and how it will effect them:

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alleygurlJul. 9, 09 8:05 PM

M.Onsrud: familiesbuildingcommunity is a nice but failed attempt to create the impression of grassroots efforts. you can try to label your group as "grassroots" as you did on the website, but it is clear that it is a disguise to push your personal agenda. your 600 signatures to create a community school hold little weight. you gathered them by selling a generic community school and are now using them to dismantle two highly successful schools in a time of crisis for the minneapolis school district. btw: 600 signatures are not very many. and 40 parents? maybe 40 people showed up, but i would guess 15-20 active parents is more accurate... either way, these are insignificant numbers when compared to the population inside your geographical boundaries. f2mama is right. you are small but loud and privileged. and well connected to the press, school board, and politics. you go girl! I will call my school board members tonight.

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drcecileJul. 9, 0910:15 PM

Alleygurl(?) and f2mama sound very angry. I think it is interesting that their ire is up, particularly now. What worries you? I saw that petition that went around F2. I read the document carefully, and nowhere in it was a "personal agenda" or misiniformation about a community school in general. It very specifically outlined the two-campus model seeking to build a DIVERSE k-8 campus in two buildings within f2. It is really important that MPS begin to make significant, sweeping and radical changes to the way they meet the needs of the student population. I applaud MPS for being willing to go back to the drawing board and take a hard look at what is necessary, especially in reference to their integration plan. Fact is, magnet demographics SHOULD be representative of the population of the students in the city. Is your school, alleygurl or F2mama? All of the schools need change. Significant change. Those parents didn't seem particularly well connected to press, school board, or politics, either. Really! How many Barton parents current and past, are political leaders, board members, and press folks, pray tell? You might want to look in your own alleyway for those cats.

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mplsvalmomJul. 9, 0911:23 PM

How could there be a "counter argument" to this piece? Ms. Johns reported on the interest in a community school for the F2 area. Those who've commented about the "propaganda" are extremely worked up over nothing. This is not a two-sided debate. But in an effort to save their school from any changes, Barton families have wrongfully painted one group of people as selfish and privileged and wanting to "destroy" a successful program -- but how successful is it if it's unwilling to grow, turns children away, doesn't meet diversity criteria for magnets, and can't help the entire area and school system by moving to a more centralized part of the city; an area that perhaps isn't so strongly requesting its own community school? I've watched and been somewhat involved in the organization of Kingfield, Lyndale and East Harriet residents to get the District to understand the importance of "getting it right" this time and the willingness of Minneapolitans to make sacrifices to FIX a troubled system; sadly, I've seen another group ignorantly bash those efforts out of fear that their precious program may change. I've seen NO effort to dissolve the Open program at Barton; I've seen many attempts at cooperation and diplomacy utterly ignored by the true "privileged" individuals in this process. Bravo, Emily Johns, for sticking to the point and not bothering with the drama.

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quietobsvrJul. 10, 09 8:37 AM

alleygurl may be right. listen to ya'll. you don't sounds like a group tryin to collaborate with your community with an open mind. even i can see the personal agendas coming out. the angry voices are loud and clear that they are outs to take over two buildings at all costs to the district and children in your community. i can't believe ya'll can't see what you are doing to the Lyndale student that need the structure provided by the current staff in house. it is their safety net. can you really hides behind integration and diversity while uprooting Lyndale school with 90% students on free and reduced lunches? what is your true driving forces? ya'll hide behind these good values and the look-a-like of "grassroots". amazing that ya'll can't sees the other side of the story. no one in your "grassroot" meeting brought this up to ya?

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amstartersJul. 10, 09 9:08 AM

I support the dual campus because I believe it is best for my child, but, to be honest, I do not like how the openarea.ning.com web blog has been run. They are quick to shame opposing viewpoints and I am embarrassed that we supported the LOSER poster, which called our children losers if they took our 3 choice guarantee away and we ended up at Lyndale. Scroll down in this article to see poster: http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2009/05/04/8518/worried_parents_tense_times_complicate_minneapolis_schools_overhaul

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mixmamaJul. 10, 0910:37 AM

As with any controversial topic, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Some of it stems from ignorance and rumor, some from lack of fact checking and, unfortunately, some from folks flat out lying to protect their stake in the issue. Not sure where the misinformation spread by "quietobsvr" comes from, but the paired campus proposal does not uproot the current Lyndale students from their school. The MPS plan does. MPS proposed to stuff all of F2 into that building. Under the MPS plan, all of the special programming at Lyndale would have to be moved. Also, the majority of students attending Lyndale, do not live in the Lyndale neighborhood and would be sent back to their own neighborhood schools. You are right, quietobsvr, that there is a plan to dismantle and uproot the successful programming at Lyndale, but this was a District plan. The paired campus plan was designed specifically and purposely to make sure that current programming and students at Lyndale would be able to remain.

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kmwoodenJul. 10, 09 9:58 PM

Mixmama, it appears you had the bait and switch pulled on you, which is most likely how mtonsrud got his 600 signatures. His team talks about not wanting the "drama", but what they are really asking is that no one look into the details and think the plan through. If you read the dual campus proposal you are supporting, you will find that this paired campus plan was NOT "designed specifically and purposely to make sure that current programming and students at Lyndale would be able to remain." The opposite is true. Your plan calls to tear the Lyndale program in two by placing some of the existing grades in a separate building under a brand new principal and staff. This is something that the current Lyndale parents and PTO have said they do NOT want and that is would put the children at unnecessary risk. Have you read their statement? It appears that your "grassroots" efforts have ignored the important voices of Lyndale parents and staff. Your other two statements about the MPS plan are also FALSE. If you read the F2 Open Area Q&A posted on MPS's webiste, you will see that they are not stuffing F2 in Lyndale. A number of points in the document will make sure the group assigned to Lyndale will fit in. #1 "New school boundaries will be set to balance demand and capacity of buildings/programs." (F2 may not remain together.) #2 "If projections are incorrect, and demand far exceeds space, we have the land at the Lyndale site to expand the program." #3 "Lyndale is MPS’ largest K‐5 building with 39 classrooms (plus additional smaller rooms used by Educational Assistants, ESL support, etc.)." #4 (not in the Q&A) Many parents in F2 will Grandfather and continue at their current school, which will slowly integrate the Lyndale students with the new Lyndale attendance area. It is also not certain the special ed programming will move. Please read at the bottom of the Q&A: "This group, working with Lyndale’s principal, would decide to whether to retain these 5 classrooms or relocate them." Who is spreading misinformation? I would say you and mtonrud's team. Please stick to the facts.

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