May 2, 2019

Educators for Excellence-Minnesota Reacts to Minneapolis Public Schools' Comprehensive Design Draft Plan

May 2 (St. Paul) — Reacting to the release of Minneapolis Public Schools' Comprehensive Design plan draft, Educators for Excellence-Minnesota (E4E-Minnesota), a teacher-led organization, sees opportunity to include details about how the district plans to improve equity.

“Minnesota’s students deserve a high-quality education. A critical component of that is having excellent educators in their classrooms,” said E4E-Minnesota member Nafeesah Muhammad, 10th and 11th grade STEM and ELA teacher at North High School, Minneapolis Public Schools. “I see firsthand the impact of inexperienced and unsupported teachers clustering in the already neglected schools of Minneapolis that serve students grappling with poverty. These educators care deeply about their students but are thrust into challenging situations without the tools to meet those challenges and the students are negatively impacted. I hope the district addresses this issue in their final plan."

“While the plan includes critical improvements to academic programming, these changes will not make an impact unless coupled with investments aimed at bringing talented teachers to schools serving high-poverty students,” said Madaline Edison, Executive Director of E4E-Minnesota. “Research shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement. They are essential to carrying out the plan’s stated goal of improving academic outcomes. We urge the district to include measures to attract, retain and develop teacher leaders at the schools where they are needed most.”

The Comprehensive Design Plan includes academic and zoning or enrollment changes. Minneapolis Public Schools will seek feedback through community engagement sessions and school board meetings.

“E4E-Minnesota looks forward to engaging in the feedback process and calls on district leadership to include strategic investments in teachers as an essential part of their plan to make curricular opportunities more accessible and equitable,” continued Edison.

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