Sharing responsibility in St. Paul Sc...

Sharing responsibility in St. Paul Schools

There are 8 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 22, 2009, titled Sharing responsibility in St. Paul Schools. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Three strong candidates appeared before the St. Paul School Board last week to make a final pitch for the job of superintendent.

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Kevin G

Hugo, MN

#1 Nov 22, 2009
Typical *** kissing from the Pioneer Press.
Not so hopeful now

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Nov 22, 2009
How downright cowardly of the editorial staff not to back a horse.

Typical of the PiPress relationship to the SPPS, though.

Can you say "provincialism", Mr. Rogers?
Not so hopeful now

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 22, 2009
And the PiPress lies about the interviews too! I mean, all these candidates got their questions to rehearse IN ADVANCE OF THE INTERVIEWS, yet only one candidate impressed with demeanor, and thoughtful (albeit well rehearsed~drilled!) responses. And that candidate was Henton. Is she the best candidate? Dunno. But she was the best interview, hands down, especially with a "protest" going on against her by students of color playing the race card outside the chamber doors.

But does the PiPress point this out? No, they don't.

Did the PiPress mention what is being discussed in the Strib & St Paul Issues forum about the Portland candidate (ie his comments about segregated schools for African American children being just fine), but was never brought up in these unbelieveably softball interviews?

Of course not. They might have to get information out of whomever it is, and hope to H E L L they can scoop the sister city paper, so they don't support any of the candidates.

Now there is "vision and leadership" by the provincial capital's main news outlet.

Cowards.

But then, they did back the incumbent loser for City Council in the race against current council man Carter, and Kelly over Coleman too IIRC.

SO maybe they already know their tendency is to pick the Chamber backed losers anyway? I mean, what would we expect from a newspaper that keeps Doug Belden on as the education beat reporter, hmmmm?
bmd60

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 22, 2009
Until you blow up the union and the board it doesn't matter who runs this mess.
Not so hopeful now

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Nov 22, 2009
Sorry Republican bmd60 cut and paster, but if you know ANYTHING about the SPPS, you know the union is NOT even a party to the parties to blame for this mess.

Just shows you aren't really familiar with the SPPS, much less have any interest in what happens to them.

However, the people of St Paul do have a huge stake in this.

Looks like you are one of those many Republican party plants who surfs the forums from some far away place to plant your pathetic right wing nut rhetoric.

It is SO glaringly obvious you are clueless about the issues in SPPS, and completely out of touch with the realities of living in St Paul. We don't hate on our diverse neighbors here, and wouldn't want to move to the lily white burgs in a million years.
WahWahWah

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Nov 22, 2009
Not so hopeful now wrote:
Sorry Republican bmd60 cut and paster, but if you know ANYTHING about the SPPS, you know the union is NOT even a party to the parties to blame for this mess.
Just shows you aren't really familiar with the SPPS, much less have any interest in what happens to them.
However, the people of St Paul do have a huge stake in this.
Looks like you are one of those many Republican party plants who surfs the forums from some far away place to plant your pathetic right wing nut rhetoric.
It is SO glaringly obvious you are clueless about the issues in SPPS, and completely out of touch with the realities of living in St Paul. We don't hate on our diverse neighbors here, and wouldn't want to move to the lily white burgs in a million years.
Over 99% of St. Paul district employees, schools and administration, are unionized. Maybe 30-40 staff out of 6,000 are not unionized. That might make a difference.

Unfortunately, the people of St. Paul blew a great chance at change on the school board during the last election - if change is what they wanted.

NotSoHopeful, the city needs more of you that are willing to show up and vote, or the change sadly will stay within the confines of an online comment board.

Since: May 09

Mounds Park, St Paul

#7 Nov 22, 2009
Until people in this town realize SPPS belong to us and are a community responsibility, nothing will change. Voter apathy is one thing but the last election was pathetic ... an all-time low.

People can blame the unions, folks can find fault with SPPS administration, and we can all shout on these treads 'til the cows come home ... but nothing will change unless we admit honestly that we have system failures that must be corrected ... and we must have St Paul voters re-involved in the process.

Get out there and talk this up, fellow citizens, until they are aware of our voices.
Frank

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Nov 23, 2009
Lets just face it, the thing that matters most in education is the parents at home. If parents don't make education a priority for their kids it doesn't matter the per pupil spending, the qualifications of the teachers/staff.

A high level of parental guidance and involvement can overcome most issues, but additional spending, a new administration or more teachers can't overcome parents who don't care about their kids education.

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