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Fall 2001 Postings to the Mpls Issues list
13 December 2001. Dave Jennings is moving from a job as chief executive of the Minneapolis-Bloomington Chamber of Commerce to a $125,000 per year job with the Minneapolis Public Schools as its COO.
14 December 2001
Two postings, 8 & 9 December 2001
15 December 2001 "I think the Minneapolis Public Schools should do an ad campaign directed at poor people with slogans like "Don't expect reading instruction" and "don't expect a high school diploma."
15 December 2001 "The schools are trying things that don't work, and keep on trying things that don't work to close the test score gap and reduce high school dropout / push out rates. The schools in city after city do pretty much the same things and get pretty much same results. Similar curriculum, similar ability-grouping practices, etc...
" There is a big difference between a college preparatory curriculum program and the work-readiness curriculum that's designed for a majority of the students in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Some of the suburban public schools and most of the private schools (for obvious reasons) have all of their students in grades K-8 on one track: a college-bound track. That is not the case in Minneapolis."
To Track or Not to Track?
4 - 15 December 2001 Ten Posts to the Minneapolis Issues list
19 - 29 November 2001. Nine posts to the Minneapolis Issues List
8-13 November 2001. Eight posts to the Minneapolis Issues List. A ten year old class size reduction program failed to improve the quality of education provided to low-income students in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Why? As class sizes were reduced, the concentration of inexperienced teachers increased in high-poverty schools. Then the district approved a neighborhood school plan that increased class sizes in high poverty schools in North Minneapolis, and further reduced class sizes in low-poverty schools in SW Minneapolis. Is it fair to say that funds from the "better schools" referendum (which promised lower class sizes] were "misappropriated?"
Evelyn Eubanks for School Board - Statement of support
November 4 K-12 Schools and the Star-Tribune's Agenda
November 5 Reply to Dennis Schapiro (school board candidate endorsed by the Star-Tribune)
October 31 Do we need to fix the schools, or the kids, parents, and communities of color?
November 1 Response to Catherine Shreves, Minneapolis School Board chairperson