St. Paul schools detail $33 million cuts

  • Article by: GREGORY A. PATTERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2010 - 10:28 PM

With the district facing a $27 million budget gap, school closings, staff layoffs and changing "school choice" are under consideration.

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jameslandMar. 23, 1010:35 PM

It seems like community schools would solve a huge part of the problem, if transporting students all across the city costs $23 million a year.

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ksimmons12Mar. 23, 1010:49 PM

St. Paul schools have teachers teaching 3-4 students at Totem Town. These teachers have a full support staff, these administrators do nothing and the principal of 50 students makes 100+K a year. They have educators falling all over themselves all day long!

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BucklawMar. 23, 1011:34 PM

Wow...$23 million for school choice transportation. Uniform quality and programs might make for less "grass is greener" choice in school attendance. I'm not a real fan of the charter and magnet school programs to begin with...it seems wasteful and self-serving. Specialized schools that might require large initial investment such as sciences or mechanical arts could be an exception, but otherwise we seem to be getting a little too fancy and spreading dollars a little too thinly.

Still...you cannot keep cutting dollars from school budgets. It should be a big flapping read flag if school districts are seriously considering 4-day school weeks. Fewer teachers and fewer educational programs will only lower opportunities and qualities. Take away hours and you're only making a failing situation worse. It sounds like a cliche, but schools literally are our future. We simply need to raise the taxes necessary to fund them.

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futuricsMar. 23, 1011:36 PM

Minneapolis is still acting like money is no object and is proposing a new $27.5 million Admin. building. Why isn't St. Paul also spending money it doesn't have? St. Paul slackers! Come on and spend freely on p-c pork barrels and bloated bureaucracies like Minneapolis does! "If it saves just one child!"

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jimmy20Mar. 23, 1011:49 PM

Perhaps they could move into the St Paul Hotel. Why would they cut expenses when they can add to the debt. Be like Minneapolis! Piss away your money on administrators and real estate.

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dtmtporMar. 24, 1012:34 AM

Yes Virginia, we used to walk or ride the MTC. In the spring and fall we could ride our bikes! We had neighborhood schools where we knew each other and our parents knew each other. 23 million a year for bus transportation? Our lunches were prepared at our school and they were healthier! We didn't have pop machines and Starbucks either. And one more thing, we never had a school district "lock-down" because of some delinquent hacker in Australia! -- "Teach Your Children Well."

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stplooklistnMar. 24, 10 5:55 AM

Duluth Public Schools is spending $300 million to downsize. Yup, that's right. The newest HS will be sold. Another new stadium, more swimming pool lanes, atriums...The only reason they are on a spending spree is because they found a loophole that allowed them to not put the plan to a vote. There's integrity for you. Profits for the company that not only designed the plan but is doing the construction.

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editor25Mar. 24, 10 6:53 AM

Given the academic failure of so-called "choice," choice schools should be shut down. There should be one excellent school in every neighborhood, period. If parents want to wreck their childrens' education they are free to send them to religious schools at their own expense.

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jimmybobbyMar. 24, 10 9:06 AM

?? Yep, mandated monopolies work well. 28% of St. Paul kids go to parochial or private schools. Up from 24% ten yrs ago. Why do you suppose that is? It's because more people are deciding that the public school product stinks, even if they have to reach into their own pockets to pay for the alternative. You must be one of those sharp City pot-hole fillers I was just reading about!

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roalahMar. 24, 10 9:08 AM

Ways to improve starts with: 1. Stop playing the superintendent trading game by offering large salaries and benefits to superintendents from other cities. 2. Kick out the teachers union and reward excellent teachers and fire bad teachers. 3. Get back to basics with english, math and science and forget all the fluff. 4. It shouldn't take more than one principal to run a highschool, not 5 or more.

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