I’ll be the first to say we need to fix up and/or replace Lester Park but the children and teachers in this school are the best evidence of the foolishness of the Red Plan. Proponants of the Red Plan have made much of some studies which say modern new schools raise test scores.
This is an insult to parents and teachers of Lester Park, a long neglected school which demonstrates the limits of brick and mortar. Lester Park ranked 13th out of over 500 Minnesota elementary schools in math achievement. Shiney new schools are nice but what goes on inside them is far more important.