Minneapolis schools chief deserves support in driving change

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, May 20, 2013

When groups representing educators discuss the achievement gap, they often say, “We know what works.’’

Far too often, though, that knowledge fails to produce results. Minnesota schools in general — and Minneapolis schools more specifically — continue to have unacceptably large learning disparities between some groups of students.

To change that, Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson wants more of them to operate like successful charter schools. And, as negotiations with the teachers union begin, she’s rightly pushing for needed contract changes.

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