Our zine—‘Schools That Work’

Hello Families, Students, Fellow Advocates and Educators!  No matter their neighborhood in Minneapolis, every child and family should benefit from schools that work—where rigorous academics and relevant experiences go hand-in-hand. And the time has come for families to know more because they insist on better information. We’ve heard enough stories of students left behind and pushed out.…

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News release: In spite of Minneapolis’ nation-leading disparities, ‘Schools That Work’ showcases schools that do well by all kids

–Schools that work deviate from the norm; they engage all families and ensure equity in access to learning and high expectations– –Parents articulate vision and expectations for all schools to work for students underserved– For immediate release Media contact: Nicholas Banovetz, 651-815-5999/nbanovetz@mncomeback.org Minneapolis – May 28, 2019 – Minnesota Comeback—a broad coalition of advocates, families,…

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News release: Minneapolis schools demonstrating success with underserved children have space to enroll more students for the upcoming school year

Low-performing schools’ enrollment is declining as more families opt for better options For immediate release Media contact: Nicholas Banovetz (651) 815-5999; nbanovetz@mncomeback.org   Minneapolis – May 22, 2019 – Minnesota Comeback today announced that multiple district, charter and independent schools demonstrating strong results for children from low-income backgrounds have space to enroll more students for the 2019-20 school year.…

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Statement on the MPS ‘Comprehensive District Design’

Dear Minneapolis Board of Education Directors: Our organizations serve and represent thousands of Minneapolis families—of color, from underserved neighborhoods, and/or historically ignored or silenced. We request with utmost urgency that the Minneapolis Public Schools’ new strategic plan center on parent engagement and student learning—in addition to prioritizing operations and transportation. District staff has led the…

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Leading all students across the finish line

The Star Tribune this week shared gains toward student achievement regarding Minnesota schools. We’re always thrilled by movement that gets our community close to the end goal: All students attend – and thrive in – rigorous and relevant schools. And that “all” is inclusive of black and brown students who are far too often not…

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Parents are calling for transparency & equity at the Capitol

In January, we committed to making this legislative session one of parent voice. Since then, we’ve helped hundreds of parents shake things up at the Capitol – testifying in hearings, addressing legislators one-on-one, speaking with the media. And several of our priorities have a fighting chance of making their way to the governor’s desk. Can we count on…

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Every child deserves stable housing & a great school

Neighbors and partners:  Every child should have stable housing and every child should have access to a high-quality school in Minneapolis. Stable housing is important but should not be a pre-requisite for access to a great school. Stemming from recent coverage of Minneapolis’ new “Stable Homes, Stable Schools” pilot, the narrative that we have to…

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Action alert: Keep great teachers in our classrooms!

After years of progress toward a teacher licensure system that has helped more high-quality candidates of color access teaching positions, legislation has been introduced that would make it difficult for schools to hire them – pushing many teachers of color out and leaving students in our community to miss out on a great classroom experience. …

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News Release: New-and-improved Minneapolis School Finder website and 27 “changing-the-odds” schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019     CONTACT:Nicholas Banovetz, (651) 815-5999, nbanovetz@mncomeback.org Brian McClung, (612) 965-2729, brian@mzacompany.com Minneapolis School Finder provides parents access to objective information about every school in the city Third edition of book and online resource respond to interest in understanding school options for Minneapolis families; includes information on 27 “changing-the-odds” schools Minneapolis — The third edition…

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