ERIC Number: ED255619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Minnesota K-12 Education: The Current Debate, the Present Condition. A Report of the CURA/College of Education Project on the Future of K-12 Public Education in Minnesota.
Peek, Thomas R.; And Others
The purpose of this report is to provide an accurate picture of the nature and condition of Minnesota's K-12 public education system and the challenges it faces in the coming years. Section I describes the major concerns about Minnesota education (centering on excellence and student performance, system accountability and responsiveness, and efficient and cost-effective school service), and reviews the major reform proposals. Section II provides an historical overview, from 1847 to the present. Section III discusses why the public school system contracted during the 1970s and 1980s and, at the same time, took on additional responsibilities. Section IV considers the impact on the schools of a changed student population (focusing on changes in family life, alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, reading habits, employment, and student attitudes and behavior), teacher dissatisfaction, continuing financial disparities, use of the new technology and adoption of school effectiveness research, and changes in the political climate. Section V presents a policy framework which attempts to describe key elements of the structure of Minnesota public education. Finally, Section VI summarizes major findings and conclusions. Appendices include a chronology of K-12 education in Minnesota; a table comparing the average school staff salaries in 1973-74, 1978-79, and 1982-83; and highlights of a survey of the educational attitudes of Minnesota high school students in the early 1980s. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Note: For a related document, see UD 024 193.