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Comprehensive District Design

Comprehensive District Design
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Minneapolis Public Schools exists to help a diverse community gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the 21st Century. We want to provide an inspirational educational experience in a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of race, gender, income or zip code. 

Yet MPS still isn't serving all students equitably. Academic results vary widely depending on race and income. Enrollment is declining, in some areas of the city more than others. Many families are concerned about the culture and climate in our schools and don't feel welcome or supported. Our commitment is to fairly serve all students while being good stewards of the financial resources provided by the community.

The Comprehensive District Design is a plan for changing the way MPS educates students in Minneapolis. We want to ensure all MPS graduates have a well-rounded education (as defined by ESSA - the federal Every Student Succeeds Act) and are equipped with the academic, social/ emotional and technical skills to be successful in college and/or career

Our Planning Principles

When developing the Comprehensive District Design, we set out to:

  • Focus on the needs of students and families
  • Improve achievement for all students
  • Align resources to provide predictable staffing and programming
  • Make recommendations that are sustainable and achievable
  • Examine all assumptions and recommendations through a racial equity lens

Our challenge – and opportunity –  was to use these principles to create equitable academic programming that balances MPS resources with our community interests. The Comprehensive District Design may challenge some long-held assumptions, beliefs and patterns for many families in Minneapolis. 

Our goals are to:

  1. Improve academic achievement
  2. Ensure sustainability and increase market share
  3. Ensure equitable programming and choice