ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's crunch time for a 10-year-old school in Woodbury. Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School may be forced to close its doors without immediate support in the final two days of the legislative session.
"It will be disbanded," says Eric Celeste, a parent of Crosswinds student. "It's a school that's actually addressing the achievement gap and to close it would be unconscionable."
Students, parents, and faculty rallied Sunday on the capital steps hoping lawmakers would listen. The school, which focuses on integration and diversity, is a magnet school with 350 students, but the East Metro Integration District decided to close the school in January.
The Perpich Center for Arts agreed to run the school, but that decision requires legislative approval. It also raises questions for legislators about the cost to run the $26 million facility.
"At this point I don't see a resolution," says Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-53A). "There are too many questions about the proposal for us to support it."
The proposal had support in the House, but not in the Senate and the school's plan was dropped from the final education bill.
If nothing happens before the session ends, students would disperse in the fall. Lawmakers are hopeful a long-term solution for the building can be resolved.
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