MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 9, 2013) — The Minneapolis Board of Education on Oct. 8 approved a new equity and diversity policy for Minneapolis Public Schools.
The policy is the culmination of a nearly year-long process that included input from a variety of stakeholders including the Board Equity and Achievement Committee and the Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, which is comprised of a group of multiracial, multicultural organization partners working to further educational equity. Part of the process included developing an Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment that provides information on how some MPS students and communities are disproportionately affected by bias in policies, procedures and protocols.
“I am thrilled at the passage of this Equity and Diversity Policy,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of schools. “This is the culmination of much careful study and hard work and I know that it will be a powerful tool in closing the opportunity gap and increasing achievement for all our students.”
The policy reads in part, “Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to identifying and correcting practices and policies that perpetuate the achievement gap and institutional racism in all forms in order to provide all of its students with the opportunity to succeed.” The full policy is available on the MPS website at http://policy.mpls.k12.mn.us.
“We developed this policy because every student deserves a respectful learning environment in which racial and ethnic diversity is valued and contributes to successful academic outcomes,” said James C. Burroughs II, executive director of Equity and Diversity, “The new Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment will be applied to all future policies, practices, programs and procedures that have a significant impact on student learning and resource allocation.”
Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational education experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community. For more information, visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us.