Beating the odds

Last week the Star Tribune published its annual story on schools “beating the odds.” These schools are doing significantly better than predicted, closing belief and achievement gaps to prepare kids for any post-secondary pathway.  Absent school quality transparency from our city or state, we applaud efforts that empower families with accessible, contextualized information. Kudos to those making the list:…

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Parents are engaged. K-12 campaigns attest to that.

We just wrapped up another year—one of growth (partnerships, lessons learned, work implemented) and progress toward more schools that work.   When we met Kadija from Cristo Rey (pictured above and featured in a video at our annual meeting), she spoke about how these schools “give us a chance in life.” I wanted to share two…

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TNTP secures approval as a teacher prep program!

It’s with great excitement that I get to help share the historic vote the Minnesota Professional Licensing and Standards Board made today when they voted unanimously to approve TNTP as a teacher certification provider in our state. MN Comeback’s interest in bringing TNTP’s teacher training to our state stemmed from the need voiced by school…

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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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