DISRUPTIVE CHANGE IS COMING TO SOUTH! Is this change that will work Keep City-Wide Busing for South High School as a Magnet Program! South High School is a thriving city-wide magnet--a hybrid of All Nations, Liberal Arts and Open programs. It has demonstrated strong academic outcomes in a diverse population of students, is highly requested by families in many parts of Mpls and is recognized by district research as providing a unique and respectful learning climate. Changes proposed in CSO clearly appear to dismantle this successful, diverse, cost effective and high-demand school community. There has been little public input, and the proposed changes are an afterthought for "right sizing" MPS high schools. The changes seem guided more by busing and economics than improving achievement for South's students. Yet CSO will impact the education and culture of nearly 2000 South High students! We request that the Minneapolis Public School Board of Education: 1. Vote "NO" for CSO for high schools on Tuesday, September 22nd. 2. Keep high school choice available (equity means more than placing the same programs in every school building). 3. Maintain South High School--All Nations, Open and Liberal Arts--as a district-wide magnet site. 4. Halt the high school redesign process. Gain more community input and gather the latest research, specific to high schools and adolescents, that will allow for prudent and strategic high school redesign for the benefit of the future of all Minneapolis Public Schools. This petition will be mailed (USPS and e-format) to the MPS Board of Education by September 21, 2009. If you support our efforts to maintain school choice, preserve South High School as a city-wide magnet program, and encourage strategic high school redesign, please add your signature below. (Please note that only people who are Minneapolis residents, current students and families, or alumni and alumni parents may sign this petition.) ** Also note that ipetitions is having problems with single or double quotation marks -- please do not include those in your comment or it will not be visible ** And also, you will be asked to donate, but you do not need to! Your vote will have been counted.