It’s past time districts introduce accountability goals that address the source of our educational problems: segregation. Housing segregation undoubtedly makes it difficult to create integrated schools. While it’s harder to change neighborhoods than to change schools, we can make sure schools don’t replicate our segregated lifestyles.
A bill in the Minnesota Senate would put up $30 million over two years to expand full-service schools, which meet education, health care, and other student and family needs under one roof. This community model, tried in Faribault, Duluth and Rochester districts, has caught the attention of new Gov. Tim Walz. A separate bill in the House would also put money toward such schools.