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Continued: Smaller classes in St. Paul schools mean less room for diversity

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 24, 2014 - 9:30 PM

“Should Re­flect­ing St. Paul come first?” she won­dered a­loud dur­ing a re­cent inter­view.

That discussion, she said, would involve school board mem­bers, the teach­ers un­ion and the com­muni­ty at large. Board Member Jean O’Con­nell, who was chair­woman dur­ing the fi­nal two years of Strong Schools, Strong Com­mu­ni­ties plan­ning, said that board members need­ed school-choice lot­ter­y re­sults be­fore they could con­sider moves such as creating ad­di­tion­al classroom space or chan­ging school boun­dar­ies.

Tur­ner said that she ex­pects those dis­cus­sions to take place in 2014-15. Total en­roll­ment is likely to be on the a­gen­da, too.

Silva, who has made en­roll­ment growth a pri­or­i­ty of her Strong Schools, Strong Com­mu­ni­ties plan, said last week that hopes for an enrollment in­crease in 2014-15 will be “dif­fi­cult to meet.”


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