Much discussion is currently underway as Minneapolis parents, teachers, school administrators, community leaders and many others grapple with the challenges faced by the Minneapolis school system. Major demographic shifts are underway in this city, state and country that require our school district to change, to reform and to improve the way we prepare our kids for the future. The recently proposed Changing School Options is one way the school district administration is trying to make the changes that need to be made in our schools.
Although the city charter does not give the Mayor direct authority over school policy, I am following this issue closely. I am listening to residents and communicating with the school district’s leadership about the Changing School Options plan. I am especially focused on helping the district streamline their transportation expenses so that more dollars can be used directly in the classroom. I support the goal of having a balance of magnet and community schools available to all neighborhoods.
The School District will notify families as soon as they are able to establish a new community engagement meeting schedule, likely within the next week. The most important thing Minneapolis residents can do is to continue to share your views directly with the school district. I encourage you to learn more and voice your concerns about the Changing School Options proposal.
I’m glad to see so many people caring so much about Minneapolis Public Schools. These are difficult issues, there are no easy solutions, and parents rightfully have passion about how schools serve families and communities. Having a great school system is the key to the vitality of our city.
I will continue to look for ways to play a constructive role at this critical time. I spend a lot of time in the schools. There is great learning going on, so let’s keep raising the bar. With the support of engaged people, we can lay the solid foundation for all students to succeed.