I must admit, I saw this news story a couple of weeks ago and meant to publish it, but completely forgot about it. Those who live in the Twin Cities, and certainly those who live in Eden Prairie, recall the battle and controversy surrounding what is now the new school boundaries in Eden Prairie. Is it just me who finds it ironic that the Eden Prairie School Superintendent, Melissa Krull, will not be renewing her contract which is slated to end upon the completion of the 2011-2012 school year.
According to this KSTP story about Krull’s scheduled departure:
“I just think it’s the perfect time to make a shift, a transition,” she told kstp.com. She points to good test scores and the district’s success in reducing the achievement gap.
“It’s all about timing, readiness, and a passion for continuing this kind of work,” Krull says–referring to her efforts to promote integration for all students.
During the redistricting talks, many parents were so upset, they demanded she be removed from her post.
But Krull told kstp.com that has nothing to do with her decision to leave her position in June 2012. “Not at all,” she said.
In a letter to the school board, she wrote, “While this decision has not been an easy one, I know my leadership interests and passions are anchored in facilitating, promoting and furthering the equity work that has become central to our mission in Eden Prairie Schools. I also know that as this important work is set in motion and becomes firmly embedded in the life of the organization–as I believe it has in our school district–our system is well positioned to move to its next level with new leadership.”
If the KSTP story is to be taken at it’s word and if they are correctly quoting Superintendent Krull, then indeed her work is done if fostering equity is one of the central missions of Eden Prairie Schools. I did not realize equity was an attribute or core competency of public schools, but apparently it is in Eden Prairie. (Apparently this is a pretty big movement in public education…here’s a link to a Google search on school equity).
Eden Prairie is arguably THE premier suburb in the Twin Cities given it’s beautiful topography, nature, lovely neighborhoods, freeway and airport access as well as being a major job center and retail hub. It also appears to be striving to be one of the area leaders on fostering equity in the schools at the expense of neighborhood schools. Some will like that and some won’t. Do your homework.
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