Creating more just and inclusive schools
No matter our differences, most of us want similar things for our children. We want them to grow up safe, supported and loved. We want them to attend joyful, welcoming schools that prepare them for success after high school. And we all want a voice in how our kids are taught.
Unfortunately, public schools in Minnesota are not meeting the needs of many students, particularly students of color, students living in poverty and students struggling with past traumas. Educators are unhappy, too. There are educator shortages everywhere, particularly for teachers of color. Decades of chronic underfunding created this crisis.
If we want all students to thrive and succeed, Minnesota must build culturally responsive schools that reflect the diverse students they serve. We can start doing this by:
- Increasing school funding: Create a new racial equity funding stream and increase American Indian aid so schools can better serve students of color and Indigenous students and parents and educators have a voice in how money is spent.
- Attracting and retaining teachers of color: Increase starting salaries and create loan forgiveness, mentoring and other programs and protections to support educators on the job.
Learn more: Fighting for racially just schools issue brief
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