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Parents speak out on Minneapolis Public Schools comprehensive district design plans

Updated: January 15, 2020 06:14 AM

Parents with children in Minneapolis Public Schools are speaking out over a plan that could re-define school boundaries, among other changes.

It was a packed school board meeting Tuesday night as tensions ran high.

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One of the main frustrations shared was the lack of detail that has been provided.

There was plenty of public comment, with many attendees surpassing the two-minute limit and requesting more clarity.

Discussions open for Minneapolis Public Schools comprehensive design plans

Any potential changes as part of the plan, called the Comprehensive District Design, wouldn't kick in until 2021. 

School district officials said the focus is not so much on a model or idea but, rather, on academics, equity, and sustainability. 

One district representative said the plan helps in "reducing transportation complexity, stabilizing enrollment, increasing sustainability, and more … It wouldn't be a comprehensive district design if it only looked at one part of the system or a single change."

Possible changes the district is looking at include reducing the number of racially isolated schools, as well as strategically placing and drawing boundary lines for magnet schools.

Tuesday night, parents wanted to make sure the board knew they don't want another lofty plan without results.

"It seems to me that a lot of time and money has been spent on studies in comparison to a little amount of time that has been spent on authentically engaging all members of the community," Jennavev Bennett said.

District officials have said the current structure deprives students of color and low-income families and that this new design will focus on a well-rounded education regardless of zip code or race.

There are work sessions for those interested to learn more throughout the month. You can find more information here.

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