Students, schools, tears in St. Paul

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Students pleading to be allowed to remain in school were not the only people with tears in their eyes at the St. Paul Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. To read about the plight of the Karen refugees who are being told to leave their school, see my story in the TC Daily Planet. Bottom line from the meeting: $25 million cut from a budget that the board reluctantly voted to pass, with one dissenting vote; decision on three school closings delayed for a month; and not much hope for the refugees. Said board member Tom Goldstein: “This is a product of what happens when a state decides to fund education on the cheap.”

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