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Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

June 5, 2019


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Because we are an upstanding community, we must strive to ensure all voices within our community are heard. Every year families of high school students come together for Commencement and expect to hear the year’s valedictorians speak. However, this class’s 11 valedictorians voted to allow other...

Staff Editorial: Game of Assassins should consider expense in the future

April 28, 2019


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The 2019 Park Assassins game commenced April 21 with leaders anguishing over the details of the game, yet failing to account for the game’s inclusivity as cost could be keeping people from participating. The objective of Assassins is to kill everyone on the six-person hit list the leaders of the game...

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

April 16, 2019


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How can we call ourselves a “caring, diverse community” — as the district does in its mission statement — if we are an exclusive one? By originally scheduling Prom on Ramadan, the administration isolated Muslim students and failed to act in the best interest of the entire community. Although ...

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

April 10, 2019


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The morning of April 11 will be a crowded one for Park, as around 500 educators from around the country will be coming together for the National Building Assets, Reducing Risks Conference hosted by the school. Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) contains policies that are meant to create teacher-stu...

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

April 3, 2019


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The arrest of 50 celebrities, business owners and a number of other wealthy individuals has exposed what many already assumed about college admissions; the wealthy have the easiest access to the most elite schools. The Echo Editorial Board feels it is unfair for colleges to prioritize money over actual...

Staff Editorial: Nature center renovation needs re-evaluation

Staff Editorial: Nature center renovation needs re-evaluation

March 19, 2019


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This month, the city of St. Louis Park is exploring the use of bonds to obtain $22 million in order to work toward several projects and renovations. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a misdirected use of funds. The majority of the money will go toward renovating the Westwood Hills Nature Cente...

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

March 17, 2019


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The issue of net neutrality has been a lingering question in our government for several years now. Earlier this year, the Federal Communication Commission repealed net neutrality, allowing internet providers to block and prioritize certain users over others. To combat this, Rep. Paul Thissen and Sen. ...

Staff Editorial: Hands-free driving bill presents solution

February 28, 2019


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Recently, a bill to restrict phone usage while driving has gained support in the House of Representatives and Senate among both Republicans and Democrats. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a step in the right direction, towards safer driving for everyone. According to the Minnesota House of Representative...

Staff Editorial: Districts’ attempts at collecting feedback limited

Staff Editorial: Districts’ attempts at collecting feedback limited

February 18, 2019


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Recently, St. Louis Park superintendent Astein Osei met with the Student Leadership Advisory Council to discuss possible changes to the start and end times of the schools in the district. During the meeting Jan. 16, the district was able to collect student recommendations. The Echo Editorial Board commends the superi...

Staff Editorial: Evicted before convicted program must be stopped

Staff Editorial: Evicted before convicted program must be stopped

January 23, 2019


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Since 2008, the crime-free housing ordinance has been in effect in St. Louis Park. According to the city, it was put in place to address concerns about disorderly and criminal activity in housing units. The ordinance allows St. Louis Park police to tell landlords to evict tenants for reported instances ...

Staff Editorial: MN Can’t Wait rally should inspire action

Staff Editorial: MN Can’t Wait rally should inspire action

January 17, 2019


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With issues such as climate change, student activism is essential to impact politics. This is why the Echo Editorial Board applauds MN Can’t Wait’s campaign. The student-led organization, MN Can’t Wait, held a rally and discussion to take action against climate change, at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 in Gov....

Staff Editorial: Locker room policy requires clarification, exceptions

Staff Editorial: Locker room policy requires clarification, exceptions

January 15, 2019


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The locker rooms are supposed to be locked during school hours, and only used before or after school to store sports equipment. The Echo Editorial Board believes this is the best possible option for success, however there are caveats to this issue. It is difficult for students to adjust to this policy, not becau...

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