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Grading Minnesota's response to the education "achievement gap"

Posted at 8:13 AM on June 24, 2010 by Michael Caputo

School's out for the summer but education talk is in full swing in the Insight Now community. We've been discussing the ways to deal with Minnesota's education achievement gap, or the difference in academic results between those in more affluent, mostly white school districts and those who live in lower-income, mostly minority districts.

We decided to have a one-hour discussion on the topic that you can read below. But have a look at the five minute chat we had with Awale Osman, a Somali immigrant and a senior at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park. He talked about making sure school work is relevant to students.

Awale then joined the conversation with teachers and other youth advocates below.

We've been asking people who plan to attend what they would like to focus in on. Some of the replies included:

  • What does it really mean to close the achievement gap? What are the concrete goals?

  • When will public schools be more entrepreneurial when it comes to improving education?

  • How should schools deal with the social difficulties of lower-income students?

  • Why hasn't the business community stepped up on this question?

I'm sure you can come up with your own angle.

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