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Comprehensive District Design Update Sept. 2019

Comprehensive District Design Update Sept. 2019

After introducing a proposed Comprehensive District Design in April 2019, MPS reviewed significant feedback and have now refocused the plan on systemic change and breaking the cycle of disparate achievement outcomes based on race and economics.

Overwhelming qualitative and quantitative data compiled over multiple Superintendents, Boards and administrations is clear. Some MPS students are acquiring excellent, well-rounded educations and others are not. Too often that difference is predictable by zip code.

While some place the blame on students and families, we believe the system is designed to produce the results we see, advantaging some and disadvantaging others. And while we don’t believe this is intentional, we know only large systems change can break this pattern.

With input from both Board and community, MPS is actually able to do more than originally intended. Through policy reviews and an intentional focus on equity, we may be able to influence and positively impact generations to come.

Going forward with this iteration of the Comprehensive Design, we will anchor our final recommendations in changing policy and practice to dismantle institutional barriers to equity in our academic outcomes for all students.

The first two important steps in that process are studying the equity of our current student request policies and practices, then studying our transportation system and its relationship to school boundaries and accessibility.

Most recommendations made last April are tabled until we have the results of these studies are analyzed and discussed with the community. Recommendations around the following elements have been tabled until after those studies:

  • Academic pathways
  • Immersion pathways
  • Grade configurations
  • Centralized CTE center
  • Special Education pathways
  • School closures or relocations

This new timeline and process also allows expanded time and opportunities for community input and dialogue and for MPS to listen.