Survey Asks Why Students Leave Columbia Heights District
District 13 wants to know why 1,100 of 3,400 children go to Fridley or other nearby district schools instead, the Star Tribune reported.
When a third of the children in the Columbia Heights School District attend school elsewhere, they take $11 million in state funding with them.
That's one of the hard facts behind a district survey of parents in the district seeking to discover why kids don't stay in district schools, the Star Tribune reported:
About 660 children open enroll into the district, mostly from Minneapolis. But that still leaves the district a net loser in the open-enrollment race.
The 1,100 students leaving Columbia Height Schools fan out to neighboring districts, with Fridley, St. Anthony-New Brighton and Mounds View absorbing the most.
One Columbia Heights parent told the newspaper those patterns influenced his family's choice:
He worried that with the influx of Minneapolis students, the district was starting to skew more low-income. He said families in the middle get left behind.
In January, a University of Minnesota study identified District 13 as one of the Twin Cities districts losing the most students in the open-enrollment process.
The Columbia Heights School Board meets Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (click on PDF for agenda or visit the district website).