Our current model allows charter schools to siphon dollars from schools in communities of color. Charters claim to be an alternative to failing public schools, though, on average, they don’t perform better than schools subject to public oversight. Re-allocating those funds will move us toward full-service community schools.

The City should also create a variety of post-secondary career pathways connected to relevant jobs upon completion. It is also imperative we remain vigilant to re-engage students who have dropped out of high school by easing the path to earn a diploma or GED.

It is important we connect educational results to economic realities. Minneapolis is home to one of the largest racial disparities in the nation. To close the opportunity gap, we must implement economic policies that allow all parts of our city to thrive. We must provide the tools that our public schools need to be excellent. Strong public schools combined with affordable housing is a successful method of integration.