In his inaugural address, Gov. Tim Walz was exactly right in stating that “disparities in our educational system based on geography, race or economic status hold back not only our students, but our entire state from reaching its full potential.”
That fundamental truth is being proven day after day in the Minneapolis public schools. Addressing that disparity is a top concern of Minnesota’s employers. Student academic achievement in the Minneapolis Public Schools is key to our state’s overall success and, more importantly, to the futures of students. Unfortunately, while Minneapolis is one of the state’s largest and most diverse districts, it also suffers some of the worst achievement gaps.