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Confirmed: racial disparities persist

Recently, the Met Council released a report entitled, “Diving Deeper: Understanding Disparities between Black and White Residents in the Twin Cities Region.” Though the well-intended report continues to expose the persistence of racial disparities in the Twin Cities, Mary Turck wrote a News Day blog response that sheds light on the fact that this is not new news. In her words, “We […]

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Minneapolis schools interview 3 of 6 superintendent semifinalists

Alejandra Matos, Star Tribune, November 16, 2015 Closing the achievement gap is a common theme from Mpls. superintendent candidates Superintendent candidates Charles Foust, Kenneth Spells and Jesse Rodriguez were interviewed by the school board on Monday evening. Three educators seeking to become the next superintendent of Minneapolis schools say they want the job so they […]

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Lawsuit accuses metro schools of failing minorities

Josh Verges, Pioneer Press, Nov 5, 2015 (David McNew/Getty Images) Minnesota’s failure to integrate Twin Cities metro public schools has denied minority children their constitutional right to an adequate education, civil rights lawyers charged Thursday in a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court. “The defendants have allowed the stain and pollution of public school […]

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Minnesota Students’ Scores Mixed on Nation’s Report Card

Minnesota Department of Education, Press Release October 28, 2015 While state eighth-grade students continue to outperform peers nationwide, fourth-grade results underscore urgency still needed to close gaps in Minnesota ROSEVILLE – Today the National Center for Education Statistics released the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—otherwise known as the “Nation’s Report Card”—showing mixed results for […]

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Schools exacerbate the growing achievement gap between rich and poor, a 33-country study finds

Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report, October 19, 2015 Rich kids get steered into more demanding math classes while poor kids get less challenging content Education by the Numbers: Barshay’s column The dark blue bars show how much differences in educational content in schools are adding to the achievement gap between rich and poor students. The […]

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The Evidence That White Children Benefit From Integrated Schools

Anya Kamenetz, NPR Ed, October 19, 2015 Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded. The city wants to redraw the zones in […]

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Parents Aren’t Teachers — They’re Parents

Kent Pekel, Huffington Post – Education, October 12, 2015    At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children’s learning. I also noted that many of them promised to […]

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2015 Parent Leadership Summit: The Imperative for 21st Century Learning

RelatePicsArtWe are kicking off the school year with a truly wonderful event: our annual Parent Leadership Summit. Come have lunch with us and share in some amazing conversation!

The education system has been focused on testing for a decade, yet we see little improvement in closing achievement gaps. We would like to disrupt the current dialogue! What is “The Imperative for 21st Century Learning?” Hear what the Search Institute and Minnesota Humanities Center have discovered makes the difference for our children’s learning. You may be very surprised!

Ask your site councils, your PTAs, your friends and neighbors to join us as we explore what this new imperative might mean for our schools!

$35 includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Please contact laura@parentsunited for more information.


Bonus: Join us at 10 am to network with Legislative Action Committee (LAC) members from other school districts. LAC’s are a great way for parents to influence policy makers around issues they care about in education.

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Can Minnesota halve the achievement gap by 2017?

Christopher Magan, Star Tribune, September 26, 2015   Minnesota has work to do if it is going to meet state education leaders’ goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017. State officials’ assertion that school accountability measures released this summer show roughly two-thirds of schools are on track to meet that goal overlooks […]

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Why some educators have serious problems with Minnesota’s school accountability system

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 14, 2015 Four years after its launch, Minnesota’s homegrown school accountability system is under increasing fire from a growing number of educators and policymakers for failing to accurately and fairly reflect all students’ academic growth. “It’s wildly incomprehensible and arbitrarily designed,” says Kent Pekel, executive director of the Search Institute. Pekel, who has […]

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