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What we know: There are an estimated 55 million K-12 students in the United States; Less than 30% of all students are proficient in Math and Reading; 70% of the United States 8th graders can’t read at grade level. The Minneapolis Public Schools has the largest and worse Achievement (failure) gap in the USA. With that said, how in the heck can the MPS put out a communications announcing that the gap has been narrowed for the first time in 6 years? Hey, “Don’t crap in my plate and tell me its free lunch!” One more thing: What ‘s the deal with Henry’s basketball coach; pump & run, the Minneapolis Police officer; and Henry’s principal? (See the video below.)
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by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS Special Report/October 12, 2011)…On September 14, 2011 the Minneapolis Public Schools communications department released a press release titled, “Minneapolis narrows the achievement gap for the first time in six years.” (Oh really?) The Minneapolis Public Schools is not in the education business. They are in the explanation and excuse business.
Clearly the “achievement gap closing” press release is a flat out, boldface lie, promoting a spin to cover up all the schools in the district that didn’t make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
The Math results tell the tale; all grades in math, the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency decreased eight percentage points (45 percent to 37 percent) from 2009-10 to 2010-11. The statewide proficiency rate decreased nine percentage points compared to last year (65 percent to 56 percent). MPS’ decrease was less than the state’s. (But still idiots, you’re part of the state.)
Secondly – according to data online from the Minnesota Department of Education, in Minneapolis Public Schools as children increase in grade, math and reading proficiency drops significantly. Again, the “failure gap” is not closing in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Last but not least, there was a meeting held earlier in the day with Superintendent Johnson to address the districts banking. There are community activists who want the MPS to move their money out of foreclosure agent provocateur Wells Fargo.
We’ll see what happens.
More to come…