Education

Repairing, Reimagining, and Redefining Minnesota Public Schools

On Thursday, November 29, 146 parents, teachers and education administrators gathered at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove to begin a journey for people of faith to repair, reimagine, and redefine Minnesota public schools.

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Education Commissioner Appoints ISAIAH staff member to Finance Working Group

Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius has appointed ISAIAH Lead Organizer Phyllis M. Hill to the Education Finance Working Group.  Hill, with ISAIAH since 2008, has distinguished herself as a leader in developing education policy and working to close the racial equity gap in our schools.

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Education equity helps Minnesota students | StarTribune.com – 6/13/12

Article by: VINA KAY
June 13, 2012 – 8:23 PM

Counterpoint

We wish to offer some clarity in the storm of hysteria the “danger zone” piece tried to stir up.

The Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, cited as working with the Minnesota Department of Education to create standards for measuring equity, is made up of multiple community groups from across the state.

We are not a “state-funded education organization,” but rather a collaborative of nonprofit groups who share a commitment to equity in education. We represent various communities of color, so we value multiple perspectives and roads to arriving at better education opportunities and outcomes for Minnesota students.

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Bi-partisan Leadership Required to Increase Racial Equity in Schools

Faith and Education Leaders Call for Hearings on Integration Revenue Task Force Recommendations

ISAIAH and education leaders called for immediate legislative hearings on the education recommendations that were recently released by the Integration Revenue Task Force at a press conference held at the State Capitol on Feb. 28, 2012.

They asked legislators to follow the example of the task force and come together across partisan lines to create the “Achievement and Integration for Minnesota” (AIM) program based on the task force’s recommendations. The proposed AIM program seeks parent involvement and requires data collection methods that would show actual outcomes toward achieving racial equity.

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11 School District Superintendents and 300 Faith Leaders to Work Together to Promote Racial Equity in MN Schools

ISAIAH held a 300-person public meeting on the leadership needed to address both the racial equity gap in educational achievement and to create racially equitable schools.  Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dr. Brenda Cassellius and superintendents or their representatives from 11 Minnesota urban, suburban, and Greater Minnesota school districts joined ISAIAH at this September 17 meeting.

The yawning gap in educational outcomes in Minnesota between white children and children of color is one of the most alarming challenges of our time. One in three Minnesotans under the age of 18 is a person of color. With only about 40% of African-American and Latino children graduating from high school, our state is headed into a bleak future.

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