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New Advocacy Group Wants Reform of Minnesota Public Schools

MINNEAPOLIS Jan. 24, 2011 Minnesota


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  • In 2003, our achievement gap in eighth grade math was bad (we ranked 38th out of 50 states for poor students), but now it’s much worse: we moved all the way down to 49th place.
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MinnCAN will push for school reforms advancing the principles of choice, accountability and flexibility by galvanizing ordinary Minnesotans in support of smart public policies. MinnCAN’s 2011 legislative campaign, also unveiled today, is called "Minnesota School Emergency in Effect," and asks policymakers to:

  1. Remove roadblocks for teachers:
  2. Clear a path to quality pre-K:
  3. Build a barometer of teacher effectiveness:

MinnCAN is supported by a committed board of local civic, business and philanthropic leaders: Sarah Caruso of Greater Twin Cities United Way; Rob Clark of Medtronic, Alex Cirillo of 3M (Retired); Michael Ciresi of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; Gary Cunningham of the Northwest Area Foundation; Vernae Hasbargen formerly of the Minnesota Rural Education Association; Virginia Hubbard Morris of Hubbard Radio; Father Michael O’Connell of the Church of the Ascension; Tim Penny of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation; Tad Piper of Piper Jaffray; former Governor Al Quie; Carleen Rhodes of The Saint Paul Foundation; Sondra Samuels of the PEACE Foundation; John Stanoch of Qwest; and Sandy Vargas of The Minneapolis Foundation.

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