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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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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