ERIC Number: ED334662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Education Agenda for Minnesota: The Challenges to Our Communities and Schools. A Report of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis.
Although the Minnesota Business Partnership is generally pleased with the success of its school choice initiatives, it realized that more must be done to improve educational quality. Concentrating on learning readiness, this report discusses the role of education in a healthy society, describes the condition of education in Minnesota, and offers recommendations for effecting an education renaissance. Although Minnesota graduates 91 percent of its students entering high school, questions have arisen concerning graduation standards. Also, the dropout rate has been creeping upward for a decade, while Scholastic Aptitude Test scores have dipped below the national average. The larger educational system is suffering from two crises: (1) its academic agenda; and (2) children's learning readiness. Too few families today can provide the readiness and support our children need. Academic program reforms will be of little use unless learning readiness programs are provided for all students. The education problem is a systemic dysfunction confronting our whole society. The Minnesota Business Partnership agenda comprises 13 proposals concerning learning readiness, early childhood education, access to education, research and development, assessment of education outcomes, education mandates, the school calendar, administrative organization, education finance, teaching, cultural diversity, parental involvement, and student employment. (MLH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrative Organization, Cultural Pluralism, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Readiness, Parent Participation, Research and Development, School Business Relationship, School Choice, School Schedules, State Action, Student Employment, Student Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Partnerships in Education