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Ed Week gives national context to Eden Prairie schools controversy

Last December, when the Eden Prairie School Board voted to go ahead with a controversial plan to integrate schools, I reported that other school districts would be watching. I just didn’t realize they’d be from all over the country.

Education Week yesterday posted a thorough, even-handed story about Superintendent Melissa Krull’s departure from Eden Prairie Public Schools.

Ms. Krull was kind enough to grant MinnPost an exit interview that ran in this space last week, and we took a longer look at the controversy at the time.

But yesterdays’ Ed Week story is still worth a read, not least because it offers lots of interesting national context. The piece explains not just the racial dustup, but the totality of what Krull was attempting to do when Eden Prairie redrew school attendance boundaries.

Reporter Christina Samuels mentions a similar struggle in North Carolina, which recently ended a system that integrated schools by socioeconomic status, and presents helpful research about achievement in lower-poverty schools in Montgomery County, Md.

If there’s one thing the EdWeek story makes clear, it’s that the issue isn’t going to fade away with Krull’s departure.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2011 - 10:41 am.

    Like to see a report one year from now about how North Carolina’s plan is working.

  2. Submitted by B Maginnis on 10/06/2011 - 03:27 pm.

    Swifty, there will be no uch report. You know that, and I know that.

    No form of abhorrent social engineering that ignorantly refutes human nature and the notion that we are all created equally, but do not perform equally, and that we live in a free market republic in a capitalist society that rewards performance and results is doomed.

    The Krullian Methodology has failed, but there will be more like her that attempt the same thing, over and over with the same failure – the very definition of….insanity, I believe.

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