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January 28, 2011
The St. Paul, Minn, school district, home to Ying Hua, the first Mandarin immersion charter school in the US, is making some changes. The article below (click on the link) refers to a focus on Mandarin, but they don’t say what that means. Any anyone from St. Paul enlighten us as to what’s going on?

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Students headed for buses and home after a day at Central High School in St. Paul. A four-year consolidation plan, if approved by the city’s Board of Education, will phase out 16 magnet programs and close two elementary schools. Central High could be one of several high schools to become a community school.

St. Paul plans shift in public schools

Long-range plan includes closing some schools, opening others and ending citywide transportation.

By DAAREL BURNETTE II, Star Tribune

Last update: January 11, 2011 – 9:47 PM

A sweeping plan to remake St. Paul Public Schools would rely more on neighborhood schools and less on buses to ensure racial diversity and boost the achievement of all students.

St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva unveiled the new system Tuesday, saying her goal is to save money and narrow the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

“Diminishing funding is our new normal,” Silva said.

The plan, if approved by the school board, will end citywide transportation for a majority of its 38,000 students, combine dozens of duplicated programs, close two elementary programs, co-locate four others and, within the next four years, end 16 of the district’s 36 magnet programs. More than half of its high schools will become community schools, drawing most of their students from the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

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