A change has been proposed for High School Districts in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, and it has rattled the community.
These changes in the form of district lines moving are an effort to make schools more diverse and more equal in their attendance and enrollment. The Minneapolis school district feels that a change such as this could help the schools and offer students a better education.
For some communities, these changes might seem minimal. But for others such as the South, the change is enormous.
For some families, this change is going to mean moving and changing their address to keep their kids in the schools they desire. While, of course, for others, it means nothing more than learning the culture of a new school. Around 63% of students from Elementary to Middle School will have to change schools if they continue to live in the same place as in previous years.
Here is an example of the changes. Credit: Southwest Journal
Keeping Your Students in Their Schools
Some parents are concerned about keeping their students in the same schools that their siblings may have been in or that they’ve invested in over several years. For families that desire to stay in those same schools, all they can do is choose to move or protest the city’s decisions.
Catching the same bus or being dropped off / picked up from the same school can make a huge difference for parents and kids.
A lot of parents aren’t happy about these changes and rightfully so. You can read an interview with a Minneapolis parent here.
Changes Set To Be Voted on in April
April 2020 will be when more finalized decisions are made for the 2021 – 2022 school year, according to the Minneapolis public school system. As stated in their short description of the Comprehensive District Design, these changes are designed to offer better and more appropriate education to lower-income communities and families.
More information from the MPLS school system can be found on their Comprehensive District Design hub. This includes video explanations about the CDD, as well as proposed plans, transition plans, and engagement reports. This resource is very well built and worth viewing if you’re in the vicinity and will be affected by these changes.
Why Changes are Needed
For many, the school system is well set in place, and there don’t need to be any shifts in the system. But for others, it’s not that simple. The federal government’s Equal Education Act started in 1974 has led the Department of Education to push state and local governments to offer equal educational opportunities for minority students.
In Minneapolis alone, minority students have not had test results equal to those of their white counterparts. The Star Tribune, which covered the Comprehensive District Design in February, spoke in depth to teachers and parents about these issues.
“No one would deny the equity problem. The achievement gap is absolutely real and needs attention.”
The Biggest Concern
While the students in the district do, in fact, deserve a better district design plan, parents are afraid of what the consequences of that plan might be for their children.
These concerns about the safety of students have led to parents fighting and arguing on behalf of their students. Clashes over this proposed plan have made headlines yet again and are sure to continue for the next few years.
The district doesn’t seem to be listening to its students, parents, or teachers, and the doubt that has been inspired does cause more worry than faith.
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