MinnPost: K-12: Shifting from parent ‘engagement’ to investing in parent agency

March 31, 2017 — For years, we’ve heard a lot about parent “engagement” — that our community apparently values it but notoriously underinvests in it and approaches it as one-way information sharing. Concurrently, two-thirds of students in Minneapolis enroll in a district school outside of their neighborhood, a charter school or an independent school. At Pillsbury United…

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Southwest Journal: MN Comeback releases Minneapolis schools guidebook

Minnesota Comeback staff Kristen McKittrick, Nicholas Banovetz, Al Fan, Rashad Turner, Sagirah Shahid, Cay Kimbrell and David Whitney hold the organization’s latest project, the “Minnesota Schools Finder.” Photo by Nate Gotlieb MARCH 15, 2017 — The nonprofit Minnesota Comeback has released a guidebook to help parents select a Minneapolis K-12 school for their kids. The Minneapolis-based organization’s…

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Star Tribune: MN Comeback announces $1.4 million in grant funding

Nov. 18, 2016 – Minneapolis-based education nonprofit Minnesota Comeback Friday announced grant recipients adding to $1.4 million for initiatives to boost K-12 education. Minnesota Comeback is a group of foundations and business leaders that aims to close the achievement gap. It is tackling that with a variety of goals in this grant funding, including helping people access high-performing schools, encouraging parent connection…

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Southwest Journal: MN Comeback hires ex-Black Lives Matter organizer Turner

October 20, 2016 — The Downtown East-based nonprofit Minnesota Comeback has hired Black Lives Matter St. Paul organizer Rashad Turner as its director of community engagement, it announced Monday. Turner will work to identify and implement initiatives to strengthen parent engagement in K-12 education, according to the organization. He will also begin exploring opportunities for collaborating…

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Star Tribune: Former Black Lives Matter St. Paul organizer Rashad Turner takes post at MN Comeback

October 17, 2016 — Rashad Turner, formerly a key organizer for Black Lives Matter St. Paul, will head up community engagement for Minnesota Comeback, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit group of foundations and business leaders that works to close the achievement gap. Turner’s post is effective Nov. 1. His duties will include finding ways to help parents stay connected in education and…

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Pioneer Press: Group pushing Minnesota teacher licensing reform breaks from national backer

September 29, 2016 — An education reform group pushing to overhaul Minnesota’s teacher licensing system plans to break away from its national parent organization. The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, or MinnCAN, will close up shop Friday and re-emerge next week as Ed Allies. MinnCAN is part of the national 50CAN network, which recently decided itself to…

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Star Tribune: MN Comeback takes new aim at Minneapolis achievement gaps

April 24, 2016 — A new player is joining the field of multimillion-dollar nonprofits aimed at erasing the achievement gap in Minneapolis schools. Minnesota Comeback announced its presence earlier this month with donations totaling $2.7 million to the Minneapolis School District and to some charter schools. The contributions come at a time when Minneapolis is facing…

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MinnPost: MN Comeback is doling out more than $2.7 million in education grants. So who, exactly, is MN Comeback?

April 8, 2016 — The education coalition Minnesota Comeback made its media debut on Wednesday by announcing an initial batch of grants [PDF] totaling more than $2.7 million to support high quality education for Minneapolis students in district, charter and independent schools. The investments include $574,575 for the Minneapolis Residency Program to help diversify the teacher workforce, $475,000 to help…

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