"It's Time For Equal Access For ALL Our Students!" - PART TWO

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If you need a reminder of what got this RE@L serial blog on Equal Access all started take a quick look at PART ONE, recently published on our RE@L blog site.

It’s worth your read! Maybe even reading it again! Just click on the RED link above.

SEEHere’s what’s happening in Minnesota to address the needed equity access. Take a look at The Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) website. Just click on the photo to the left. 

KidsWatch their short video to see why equity of access is so important. Just click on the photo of the teacher and her students to the right.

We quote further from the SEE website:

“A quality public school system creates a highly-educated work force, which is vital for the economic prosperity of Minnesota. The State of Minnesota has a constitutional obligation to ensure that all Minnesota children have equal access to a high quality education that will allow them to reach their full potential and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century and the global economy that they will be competing in.

“Who we are . . .
Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) is an association of 58 school districts throughout the state of Minnesota.
Our member school districts serve approximately 230,000 children, approximately one-third of Minnesota’s K-12 public school students.

“SEE districts tend to receive the minimum in state aid based on its student population and also tend to have lower property wealth. These combined characteristics along with the current problems in the state funding formula result in most SEE districts receiving well below the state average in funding.

“We work for . . .
Equal access to a quality education for all of Minnesota’s students regardless of the property wealth in their local school district.
Legislation that ensures equitable distribution of school resources.

“A property tax system that is fair and provides equal access to referendum and bond revenue for low property wealth school districts, communities and their taxpayers.

“Holding elected state officials accountable for adequate and equitable funding and policy that enables all students to meet state and federal academic standards and allows them to reach their highest potential.

“An educated and engaged community of parents, grandparents, community members, business leaders – everyone who values K-12 education in Minnesota to stand up and be a voice for our children and their schools.”

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Thanks to SEE for their help in seeing why Equal Access is so important to K12 education and kids everywhere!

Stay tuned! 

More to come on this important topic on Equity and Equal Access for each and all our learners.

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.