How community members in Ramsey County stopped a big-data plan from flagging students as at-risk

On Jan. 28, 2019, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter made an announcement at St. Paul’s City Hall that caught many observers by surprise: after months of community resistance, city and county officials have decided to walk away from a controversial data-sharing initiative. The initiative – unanimously approved by the Ramsey County Attorney, the County Sheriff of St. Continue Reading

Students worry about new plan

In past years, St. Paul students could apply to any high school in the district and get bus transportation to that school, if there was enough room.When Olivia Nofzinger was an eighth grader last year in the St. Paul Public School District, Central High School was her first choice high school. She was on the high school’s swim team that year and had a lot of friends.Nofzinger applied to go to Central for the 2011-2012 school year, but she didn’t get in, she said. It wasn’t because of the district’s new “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” plan, but Nofzinger doesn’t plan on trying to transfer later on, so she’s going to Como Senior High.The plan will be implemented in stages over the next three years, but the major changes start in the 2012-2013 school year. Continue Reading