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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The Catholic Spirit: School choice advocates drive home arguments

School choice advocates hope legislation that would establish a tax credit for donations to scholarship-granting organizations will be part of end-of-session negotiations. “Parents should really make the decision of what is the best educational setting for their child,” said Chas Anderson, executive director of Opportunity for All Kids, or OAK, a nonprofit that advocates for…

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StarTribune: In Minneapolis, a bold plan to help homeless schoolchildren takes shape

Minneapolis launches program to give students stable housing.  By  Faiza Mahamud Star Tribune | MARCH 26, 2019 — 5:46AM Minneapolis is launching its most aggressive effort yet to help homeless students succeed in school at a time when homelessness in Minnesota is at a record high. The new Stable Homes, Stable Schools pilot program, believed to be the…

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MinnPost: Parents of color want a clearer way to assess schools in Minnesota

As parents clashed with school officials and the state Education Department over a school accountability proposal in the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis, urged school leaders and lawmakers to address the elephant in the room during a session about school diversity, achievement gaps, and other disparities: Families of color don’t trust the state education…

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Star Tribune: Minnesota charter schools are facing growing pains

Kindergarten teacher Gus Gleiter started getting his classroom set up on his first day back at school at Prodeo Academy in Minneapolis last week. For four years, Prodeo Academy, a high-performing charter school in north Minneapolis, operated out of a church in Columbia Heights. But as its enrollment ballooned, the school outgrew the leased church…

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Star Tribune: Minneapolis’ black families lead the way in fleeing to other schools

A major reason: the wide achievement gap between white and black students.  September 20, 2017–  Once it was the biggest school district in the state. Now Minneapolis Public Schools is the biggest loser in Minnesota’s robust school-choice environment, surrendering more kids to charter schools and other public school options than any other district. And unlike…

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Star Tribune: Minnesota set to revamp how public schools are graded

September 18, 2017-   After years of intense pressure on school test scores, the state’s education department on Monday submitted a final plan to the federal government that broadens its previous reach — promising to evaluate more schools than before, and in a well-rounded fashion. With the federal No Child Left Behind education law being…

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Minnesota Daily: Letter: About that ‘limited data’ — schools didn’t withhold their data

April 10, 2017 —Last month the Minnesota Daily published a letter to the editor about MN Comeback’s new “Minneapolis School Finder” guidebook, which includes information for parents on 100 local K-8 schools and 37 high schools. Contrary to the letter, no, 78 percent of schools did not withhold their academic performance information. While some schools…

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