All Minnesota students deserve to achieve academic success.
Through partnerships, policies, and advocacy, we can build a movement that supports race equity and education excellence for all students.
Our Big Bold Goals for Building Race Equity
Minnesota schools are culturally responsive in their policies and practices
Minnesota school climates foster positive student engagement
Minnesota educator workforce reflects student demographics
Minnesota schools support the multilingualism of all students
Minnesota higher-ed institutions provide greater access and equity to students of color
Minnesota and the federal government have written in statute various protections for students, including for those whose first language is not English. As we look toward the election, it’s important to understand how these laws and policies should guide all candidates and elected officials—and hold them accountable— in supporting equity for EMLs in Minnesota schools.
How do we maintain our state’s prosperity if our economic vitality depends on obtaining advanced knowledge and skills by communities which, although they will make up the bulk of our economic workforce, struggle with attaining postsecondary credentials? This is an important question for our state, and the answer may well be that we won’t be able to maintain and grow Minnesota’s quality of life unless we find a way to end racial disparities.
As we continue our MnEEP series on Midterm Elections 2018, here are some important ways to think about what it means to lead with an equity lens and key questions you can ask candidates to consider about building race equity.
As Minnesotans consider candidates for state office this fall, it’s important that all candidates understand how deep discipline disparities impact students of color and American Indian students, and that they are prepared as elected officials to make changes that support these students for success in our classrooms, and in the future.
Identified English Learners (EL) continue to be the fastest-growing student group in Minnesota-—speaking more than 250 languages. Yet for many, their language isn’t seen as a right and a resource. Here are some ways candidates across the state can better serve and support the next generation of Minnesotans.