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Continued: Burnsville, Lakeville schools shift focus of racial integration plan

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 1, 2014 - 2:00 PM

But while the magnet programs “have been very successful within our district,” they didn’t attract much new enrollment from Lakeville, said Jim Schmid, Burnsville’s board chairman.

New ideas and strategies

The new Burnsville and Lakeville plan, created using input from 50 community members who met over several months, is largely focused on improving academic achievement, especially among students of color and those receiving free and reduced lunch.

To that end, the plan proposes creating a summer literacy program for students from underrepresented groups, and professional development opportunities in how to best teach students from other cultures and encourage educational equity.

Schmid believes one of the plan’s innovative features is identifying students who need extra help and directing them to summer programs. But, “One of the biggest challenges is you can’t … force kids to take advantage of [programs] over the summer,” he said.

While Burnsville and Lakeville have already completed their plan and both school boards approved it, the state can send plans back for revision if their goals don’t align with the new legislation or the metrics for measuring success aren’t specific enough, Hermodson said.

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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