to approach education and our children’s opportunity and achievement gaps withthe
the issue deserves.
The time to act is now. Minneapolis’ future, its ability to be a great 21
-century city, depends on the urgencywith which we approach our education crisis today. For years, well-intentioned people have talked about our gaps in achievement and opportunity, education and jobs, without much progress. It is clear that the educationalsystem in Minneapolis is stuck and we need a new path forward. No teacher favors the status quo. Parents,teachers and members of our community are ready for a new way forward. Betsy will work to make sure thattheir urgency and energy is reflected in the work we do to improve education in Minneapolis. Betsy is not beholden to special interests or others who have worked to maintain the status quo. Nor is she willing to allow polarized, adult-centered debates to distract us from focusing on
. She has a track record of standingstrong on tough fights and bringing the best interests of the whole community to the table.Betsy has a history of prevailing on issues while others provide lip service and promises. She not only has astrong record as a leader, but also as a collaborator, bringing people together to find common ground on our most challenging issues, such as the library merger, housing ordinances, and pension reform. Betsy is a bridge builder who will bring a fresh approach to help deliver better educational outcomes for all children inMinneapolis. But most importantly, Betsy will draw on her experience breaking through political logjams totransform the education debate by demanding that the needs of families and children are put first, and that the practices we know work for our children are implemented in our schools.Outcomes are currently at unacceptably poor levels:
Barely half of all of our students are graduating in four years.
Black and Hispanic students are graduating at a rate of 36.8%.
American Indian students are graduating at a rate of just 25%.
White students are graduating at a rate of 69.8% - well below the 83.9% state average and far belowwhere any of our students should be.
Those outcomes go back to the beginning of students’ public school years and earlier; according to someof the most recent statistics, only 44% of Hispanic children, 53% of American Indian children, 69% of black children, 73% of Asian children, and 79% of white children show up to kindergarten prepared.
Education in Minneapolis needs to be addressed with urgency. To sit at the Mayor Hodges' table, everystakeholder must put our children first and agree that the status quo is unacceptable. To keepMinneapolis moving forward for our children, we must be eliminate the education gaps
of our children.
with new and different ideas, and to have preexisting ideas andattitudes challenged.
When we start framing every education conversation around achieving the best results for our children,we
achieve better outcomes for every child in every neighborhood.
As Mayor, Betsy will demand of all