THE MN ACHIEVEMENT GAP….THE MOVIE?
In education circles, we’re hearing more about Minnesota’s inconvenient truth — that poor kids and students of color are not achieving in school at the levels they should be.
But the Minneapolis Foundation thinks if more Minnesotans knew that the state has some of the highest educational disparities in the country, they’d be shocked.
“Somehow the information about the achievement gap is not penetrating to the public,” Sandy Vargas, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in an interview Monday.
That’s why her group is launching a public-awareness campaign to make sure more people get the memo. A movie trailer that will run in theaters this month, voiced by Twin Cities vocalist and actor T. Mychael Rambo, makes the economic argument for why Minnesota’s educational gaps across race and class are everyone’s problem.
In a partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, the RESET Education campaign also will include three “Minnesota Meeting” events from April to June featuring national education experts at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.