Minn. board approves five-year strategic plan

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The St. Paul school board on Tuesday backed a new five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0.

The approval came without the fanfare and intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago. Partly, that was because the new plan is primarily an extension of its predecessor, without the dramatic changes to school choice the earlier plan initiated.

In recent weeks, some parents have also noted the plan is a lot lighter on specifics than the initial Strong Schools, which, among other things, spelled out programs slated for closures or moves. After relatively little notice since Silva unveiled it in January, the new plan came under scrutiny at Central High School last week amid concerns about how it might affect college-credit offerings.

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