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Academic Excellence or School-to-Work?

Equating Public Choice with Public Education
Featured article in The Achiever, Nov. 15, 2002

By Patricia Harvey, Superintendent of Schools, St. Paul, Minn., formerly of the Chicago Public Schools, and formerly of the NCEE (National Center for Education and the Economy) where she worked closely with its president, Marc Tucker. This is the Marc Tucker who authored the infamous Dear Hillary Letter,

Here’s another view (from a letter submitted to the Pioneer Press but never published:

“St. Paul Superintendent Patricia Harvey misrepresents what Small Learning Communities are all about. Supt. Harvey gives the impression that the reason for organizing St. Paul schools into Small Learning Communities is to raise academic achievement. The "St. Paul Blueprint for Better High Schools," the school district’s own plan for Small Learning Communities, however, clarifies that the real reason for the Small Learning Communities is to organize schools around six career clusters.

“The real purpose for reorganizing all St. Paul schools around Small Learning communities is not to raise academic achievement. The reason for Supt. Harvey’s reorganization is essentially to turn our high schools into job training centers.

Maple River Education Coalition PAC
Oct. 29, 2001


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