The Echo

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

Art by Maggie Klaers

April 10, 2019

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

Art by Maggie Klaers

April 3, 2019

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

Senior Bryan Huynh volunteers with the National Honor Society Oct. 19 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center's Halloween party. The St. Louis Park City Council considers using bonds to fund the Nature Center renovations.

March 19, 2019

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

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 Earlier this year, the Federal Communication Commission repealed net neutrality, allowing internet providers to block and prioritize certain users over others.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

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

The St. Louis Park youth panel meet recently to discuss the school start and end times, they met Jan.16. The group has been meeting regularly and have come up with a tentative new start time schedule.

February 18, 2019

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

City council member Anne Mavity talks about her opinions on the evicted before convicted board Jan. 14. This month they are conducting interviews for potential board member.

January 23, 2019

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

Gov. Walz speaks to a room of climate activists including students from across Minnesota Jan. 9.

January 17, 2019

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

Photo Illustration

January 15, 2019

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...

Staff Editorial: Minneapolis 2040 Plan will improve St. Louis Park

The view of the Minneapolis skyline from Lake of the Isles during the sunrise.

December 19, 2018

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan will allow for the production of new higher density living conditions throughout the city. The plan’s zoning changes are the primary action that alter the city, allowing developers to build certain types of apartments in new neighborhoods. These changes will ...

Staff Editorial: ‘Change my mind” booths spark discussion around societal issues

Junior Will Schwietering engages in a conversation with a Park student who happened to pass by his booth in the halls. The interaction was recorded by Schwietering's peer  Bryce Bonine for their IB English SL class.

December 16, 2018

As part of an IB English SL project, juniors Will Schwietering and Bryce Bonine set up “change my mind” booths where they stated an opinion and encouraged other students to change their mind. The controversial topics included male privilege and the 2nd Amendment, with one booth stating “I’m Pro ...

Staff Editorial: Toys for Tots encourages donations, volunteering

Toys sit underneath a tree at Kare 11 ready to be delivered to children in need.

December 10, 2018

This year, Kare 11 is advocating for Marines’ Toys for Tots, a donation-based program which collects and distributes toys to children ages 0-15, according to Toys for Tots Foundation. They accept packaged, unpackaged, and handmade toys. In St. Louis Park, there are four drop-off locations, but the found...

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