MinnPost article by Erin Hinrichs
As legislators debate the gamut of education issues at the Capitol, a series of grass-roots conversations are taking place at schools and community centers in the surrounding suburbs that may set the groundwork for education policy work next session.
Gathered inside a cafeteria at Osseo Senior High Tuesday evening, students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community members from Rockford, Osseo and Brooklyn Center grappled with two deeply entrenched issues that no district has been able to claim total victory on: equity and integration.
After engaging in small-group discussions, they shared some of the common themes that had risen to the surface. These ranged from the need to invest in more personalized learning for students and the need to better address students’ unmet needs related to hunger, housing and emotional support to the need for more diverse makeup of teachers and school administration.