We’re merging to advance shared priorities & maximize impact

We’re thrilled to announce that MN Comeback and Great MN Schools plan to merge on Jan. 1, 2020.

During our strategic planning process, we identified shared priorities for the next three years. We will focus on support for parents, growing our school portfolio and citywide alignment. Both boards agreed:  The important work ahead demands the efficiency and effectiveness of an integrated organization with common structure and leadership.

Working together as one, we’ll be able to achieve our strategic priorities with greater focus and impact.  

We’ll have the resources and capacity to scale and sustain our organization. To drive more progress in schools positioned for success. To support underserved communities in demanding more schools that work.

Most important, we’ll be in a stronger position to make our community’s district, private and charter schools work for students of all ethnicities, means and origins.

Here’s what will change: 

  • Jennifer Stern will lead the new organization as CEO.
  • Al Fan will stay on as senior advisor through the merger, but has decided to step down once the merger is complete.
  • We will continue our community engagement work but will direct our organizing efforts to a new, soon-to-be-launched grassroots organization that Rashad Turner will lead. We’re proud of the work that Rashad helped incubate at MN Comeback and we’re excited for that work to scale to the Greater Twin Cities region. 

And we’ll announce the name of the new organization in the next few months.

With your help, we’ll build on our strengths and successes.

We will continue to work for great schools for all students, supporting those that show promise in the hard work of school improvement—including supporting great teaching and investing in families as partners. And we will drive education equity and empower families. 

We will focus on three strategic priorities:

  1. Supporting underserved parents to demand schools that work.
  2. Building a critical mass of schools that work for underserved students.
  3. Building citywide alignment on K-12 problems and solutions.

We hope you’ll see why we’re so excited about this change. Your continued support is essential to achieving our urgent mission:  To create schools that work for the benefit of all students. We are proud to partner with so many of you in this vital endeavor.

Thank you for believing in all kids and in the importance of education equity (and we hope to see you at our annual meeting tomorrow at the Westminster Presbyterian Church)!


Al Fan
Executive Director, MN Comeback

Jennifer Stern
CEO, Great MN Schools

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