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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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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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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Educator profile: Meet Ben MacKenzie!

Ben Mackenzie grew up between the mountain ranges in Montana. Since then, he’s called classrooms around the world home – from the Indian Himalayas to the dusty Ghanaian plains, from city skyscrapers to country pastures. Having returned to Minnesota to start a family, he’s been active in making schools great for local families as a…

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Star Tribune: MN Comeback gives $2.7 million to Minneapolis public, charter schools

April 6, 2016 — A group of foundations and business leaders will spend $2.7 million on initiatives aimed at education achievement gaps in Minneapolis. The group, called Minnesota Comeback, will fund a teacher residency program in Minneapolis Public Schools to develop more minority teachers, further fund two high-performing charter schools and lobby for more state support…

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