Mpls Public Schools trolled by new anti-MPS billboard right outside its HQ [PHOTO]

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Better Ed
Can you imagine going to work everyday under a huge billboard telling you how crummy you are at your job?
In January, we told you about a Better Ed billboard that was trolling Minneapolis Public Schools right outside its headquarters at 1250 West Broadway Avenue. It said: "Only 50% of Minneapolis students graduate. #System_Failure"

A new billboard slightly tweaks the message, but serves the same purpose. You can see it at the top of this page.

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In fact, Minneapolis's four-year graduation rate is roughly comparable to other large American cities. But Devin Foley, president of Better Ed, says that's not good enough, especially when compared to St. Paul's 73 percent rate.

"The bigger story is, should any Minnesota citizens or resident of Minneapolis be satisfied with barely half the kids graduating and spending $21,000 per student?" Foley tells us. "We need to get this stat out there more and that's what we're doing. Not enough people in Minneapolis or in Minnesota are aware of how few kids are graduating in Minneapolis."

Better Ed, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, describes its mission as "to engage the public by challenging assumptions and opening minds to fresh ideas for transforming education in Minnesota."

"For decades, many have assumed that Minnesota has a strong education system and that any problems that may exist can be fixed with more spending, a position that continues to be relentlessly advanced by some of the state's most powerful interest groups," the group writes on its website. "However, there is an urgent need to alert Minnesotans to the truth of the high costs and poor outcomes of education in various parts of the state, particularly Minneapolis."

Keith Hovis, deputy communications director for the Minnesota Department of Education, tells us that "as a state, we've been working really hard to close the achievement gap," but adds, "From a state perspective, to try and compare and contrast different cities... every city has its own communities and its own challenges."

"It's a big city, and big cities face a lot of issues," Hovis says. "We have a goal of closing all achievement gaps by 50 percent by 2016 and we're working toward that, but it's a process and it's not fair to say one city is better than the other. That's not where we go from a state perspective."

St. Paul spends $15,216 per pupil, state officials tell us, but Hovis cautions against using that stat to make an oversimplified comparison with Minneapolis.

(For more, click to page two.)


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henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Hey Aaron, how about putting a little meat on the bone, maybe break that $21000 down for us, give us a little perspective on how its spent. Like facilities costs and such, costs unique to Minneapolis. You're aware that every penny a district spends and what it was spent on is reported to the state, right? You're aware that all that is public information, right? The state has a website were its posted for all the world to see.

Maybe you should try quality over quantity for a change, eh?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

This billboard must have been created by a dropout: Is it $21,000/day? /month? /year? Certainly we spend more than $21,000 for a kid from K-12. I spend more than $21,000/year on daycare for one kid.


Someone remind me what we spend per prisoner per year...

spareme
spareme

Just 30 minutes more digging around Better Ed's website and the author of this story likely would've been able to discover the perspective this group has. It's "leaders" have a tea party-like myopic view of spending. They don't really care about outcomes, they wouldn't want to pay for amazing outcomes.

Faffenbazzlepopper
Faffenbazzlepopper

Notice that "Barely half graduated." and "Not cool." are both sentence fragments -- they're incomplete sentences.  This blllboard was written by some of those people who failed to graduate, I guess. 

alexmooretc
alexmooretc

This is a bullshit billboard. The problem isn't the schools or the teachers or even the administration. The problem is the parents who refuse to take responsibility for their children--and make education a priority. What are the schools supposed to do? Parents (and their kids) are the problem. Not the school system. It's time for Republicans to take aim at deadbeat dads, mothers who view teachers as the enemy and entire families that allow their kids to act like asslips. 

fud4thaught
fud4thaught

if only we could funnel all this wasted money into fantastic charter schools. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The proper name is 'government schools', not 'public schools'. The main goal of government schools is to follow every PC mandate, ensure that administrators and teachers are not held accountable, and to support huge pensions, with retirement age around 55.   Add to that indoctrinations: LGBT, climate change, social justice, just to name a few. 

It is really not about the inmates (students).   The reason the minority students drop out is because they can clearly see that what's being offered, is of no value. 

Government schools will never have enough money.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Ever watched a Mpls School Board meeting with the Superintendent?  I have never seen a bunch of corrupt Democrats in my life.  Check them out on Public T.V. and see what a bunch of nonsense their meetings are.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

The fault does not lie within the MPS system, but rather the type of the students who attend those schools.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

another NPO wasting funds to shame people

_Joe_
_Joe_

@DavidFoureyes 

Well the cost of a full sentence incarceration depends on whether you're talking about violent offenders (rape / murder) that are out in 6-10, or kids that were pinched for a baggie of weed that are serving 30 to life.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@spareme Rupar is one of those guys who worships at the alter of He said She said journalism. He's always looking for a way to present both sides of the story, if one side of the story has no merit isn't really a concern.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

@spareme And how much more money should be poured into the MPS? Sounds like your perspective is that the answer to every problem is just to throw more money at it and then just walk away and hope it works out for the best. And if the problem only gets worse, just throw more money at it. And if that doesn't work, then........................

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 Why is it that the only people concerned Political Correctness are Conservative/Libertarian/Tea Party wackos? Seriously, whenever this PC crap comes up its one of these Right wing Freaks bringing it up. What is wrong with you people?


Oh, and where did mommy and daddy send you? Some nice sheltered Catholic School perhaps?

TNELSON3
TNELSON3

@Truth_Teller_1  Not a single word lives up to your name. Public or govt? doesnt matter, the people still run them. Teachers are held accountable every day & get fired each year. Not indoctrinations: it's called education. Kids drop out cuz society tells them we have no place for you. We won't hire you cuz your colored or gay or crippled. Schools are subject to inflation, same as us & we haven't kept up with inflation to maintain the programs that the People expect. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@kurt124 Um....should you be watching public TeeVee, isn't it some communist plot or something?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 Yes, your second sentence says it all. I have, however, seen plenty of corrupt Republican'ts. Did you graduate Kurt or did you get your GED in prison? 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@Jeff55414 So the schools have used this fact in a twisted and perverse manner to increase funding.

It doesn't matter if these students (who don't see a value in what the public school has to offer) complete HS or not.   Truth is the drop outs can get a GED whenever they are ready.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@_Joe_ @DavidFoureyes Looking for: Average cost per MN inmate per year. Just a mean across all classes (also since I assume some are incarcerated less than a year, you'd do per/month x 12).


Seems you have a background that would also give you access to the numbers - should be easy enough to calculate. Or I bet we could google it.


Derp - that was easy: http://www.careydwidefense.com/blog/2012/02/02/Average-Annual-Cost-of-Minnesota-Prisons-41364-Per-Inmate-in-2010.aspx


$41,364/inmate/year in 2010.


Do we know how many of them graduated high school? If the billboard's numbers are per/year - depending on how long they're incarcerated, maybe we're saving money by spending so little on educating students and parents and just allow them all to become criminals! Also...we probably staff the prisons better than the schools so it creates jobs! Plus drop outs don't go to college and get all filled up with liberal critical thinking skills, so it increases the GOP base of social "issues" voters. Conservative win-win-win! 

Dave2
Dave2

@Jeff55414 @spareme

If the establishment of Charter Schools isn't walking away from our public school system, I don't know what is. ...But we can always do like Wisconsin and cut teachers wages and benefits in the search for excellence in teaching.  ...  .After all, it's the Republican way.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

@TNELSON3


"Kids drop out cuz society tells them we have no place for you. We won't hire you cuz your colored or gay or crippled."


Proof that you, yourself have become indoctrinated. 

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