Sunday, October 17, 2004

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT REMINDER -- Minnesota's Education Achievement Gap

Posted by Craig Westover | 1:34 PM |  

As noted previously, due to public response to a Universal Tuition Tax Credit suggestion I made, MPR News is including a discussion of tuition tax credits enabling parents to choose private schools for their children in its Town Hall meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening.

If you have any interest at all in the future of education in Minnesota, I urge you attend and make your opinion known. If you can't make it in person, the town hall meeting with will be recorded for broadcast on Midmorning at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Midmorning can be heard 9-11 a.m. Monday-Friday on all Minnesota Public Radio news and information stations, including KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

For those planning to attend, here's the details.

October 18
Town Hall Meeting

October 18, 7-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30, the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00.)

Penumbra Theatre270 N. Kent St.St. Paul (inside the Martin Luther King Center). Doors open at 6:30, the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00.

Minnesota Public Radio News examined the achievement gap in education through a weeklong series of Web and radio broadcasts; and an online collaboration, “Fix the Gap: The Idea Generator.” The collaboration asked visitors to share their ideas about the education achievement disparity in Minnesota. Participants included parents, teachers, students, principals and others devoted to understanding why some students perform more poorly than others.

The project culminates in a town hall meeting with Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning host Kerri Miller. She will be joined by Thandiwe Peebles, superintendent of Minneapolis schools; Pat Harvey, superintendent of St. Paul schools; and Alice Seagren, Minnesota education commissioner. The public is invited to attend, share its thoughts and discuss the best solutions selected from submissions to the online “Idea Generator.”

UPDATE -- Read about the meeting here!