A Crisis in Our Community: Closing the Five Education Gaps

Sat, 12/10/2011
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The State of Minnesota is facing a crisis requiring the declaration of a "State of Emergency."  Paraphrasing the 1968 Kerner Commission Report, the United States is  "moving toward two societies, one black, and one white--separate and unequal."  Unfortunately, in Minnesota we have achieved that ignominious distinction in education.  We have created two Minnesotas.  In one, children get a great education at their local public schools, and in the other, children enter our schools behind, fall further behind as they advance, and drop out of school with alarming regularity.  This report outlines five gaps in educational achievement for African American children and a plan for how we can close those gaps.