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Taking all of these steps toward better understanding of the truly important issues in public K-12 education would do far more than casting any ballot for mayor. In the meantime, pay no attention to gadflies buzzing through the ether, spraying insidious messages about the inadequacy of inner-city families and the virtues of “vouchers” that would send prospective public school students to private schools.
Overwhelmingly, families at all economic levels love their children and respond to professionals who are genuinely working in their best interests. Revitalized central school districts are in the best position to deliver quality education to a large quantity of students.
Hope for the future of education in Minneapolis lies with supporting a visionary superintendent and encouraging her to make this the permanent locus of her career.
Gary Marvin Davison is the author of eight books; he was writer and researcher for “The State of African Americans in Minnesota” (Minneapolis Urban League, 2004 and 2008 editions). For eight years he has served as teacher and administrator for the New Salem Educational Initiative.
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