Star Tribune op-ed: Here’s what a dashboard of indicators on schools should capture

Families are looking for remedies to the achievement gap. True transparency on school quality, culture and finances would be a major step.  Minnesota’s achievement gaps are a chronic crisis, and our state’s inability to fix our schools is problematic (“Math and reading scores drop,” Aug. 30). Too many of our schools are failing to meet kids’…

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KSTP: New report highlights student performance, areas to improve in Minnesota schools

The Minnesota Department of Education has released a first-of-its-kind report on the state’s schools just in time for the start of the new school year. “The State of our Students” report offers an in-depth look at students’ performance and how the state can help schools try to close the achievement gap by taking data from several sources, including the…

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MN Spokesman-Recorder: State’s shameful education gap under scrutiny

Lawsuit blames segregated schools Part one of a two-part story Minnesota has some of the worst educational outcomes for students of color in the nation. A lawsuit in the Minnesota Supreme Court is aiming to desegregate Twin Cities metro schools to combat these disparities. Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota was brought forth in 2015, alleging the…

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Star Tribune: Low graduation rate prompts ads branding Minnesota as ‘worst’ for students of color

Nonprofit wants to call attention to Minnesota’s poor educational outcomes for students of color.  Ads with a bleak message about the state’s education system are popping up across the Twin Cities — wrapped around light-rail trains and buses and posted on billboards.”Minnesota schools are worst in the nation for our children of color,” read the…

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The 74: Pipeline Primed: After a Decade of Efforts, Minnesota Gets 3 Programs for Training Teachers Outside Schools of Education

In the end, alternative certification arrived in Minnesota with neither a whimper nor a bang, but with a quiet, unanimous vote of approval by the 18-month-old Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. The three new nontraditional teacher training programs that got the go-ahead recently will be the first to operate independently of the state’s traditional,…

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KMOJ: Promoting ‘Schools That Work’

Director of community engagement, Rashad Turner, and Family Advocate, Verónica Rivera Arteaga, were featured on KMOJ’s The Morning Show with Freddie Bell to discuss the interdependence of rigor and relevance. Check out the clip below and ‘Schools That Work’ to the right!  

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Star Tribune: Minneapolis school board will delay vote on district’s new strategic plan

Minneapolis residents will get more time to weigh in on proposal, officials say.  By  Faiza Mahamud Star Tribune JUNE 10, 2019 — 9:31PM The Minneapolis school board is expected Tuesday to delay a vote on the district’s new strategic plan after public outcry last month from parents and school staff who said they felt blindsided by the proposed…

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Spokesman-Recorder: High-performing Mpls schools still have spots open for 2019-20

Multiple schools in Minneapolis with high-performing results for children from low-income backgrounds have space to enroll more students for the 2019-20 school year. MN Comeback reports that these “changing-the-odds” schools outpace Minneapolis district (and some state) averages in academic proficiency or growth. “These schools prove that all kids can excel, no matter their background,” said…

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MinnPost: Should Minnesota grade its schools?

When it comes to providing parents with information about the quality of public schools, how simple is too simple? A bill at the Minnesota Legislature would require the state department of education to create a grading system for Minnesota’s schools, assigning each school an overall score to give parents an idea of the quality of the school.…

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