Our schools are in a crisis.
Too many of our students are struggling – mental health concerns are widespread; student achievement is at an all-time low. Students aren’t catching up from learning loss caused by closing schools during the pandemic, as demonstrated by recent MCA scores. We all need to do our part to get Minnesota students back on track.
That’s why I created the Support Our Schools Plan, which is based on input I received from teachers, school administrators, school board members and parents who have seen first-hand the learning loss that occurred during the COVID pandemic.
The Support Our Schools Plan will shine a light on school spending so that local decisionmakers, parents and teachers can ensure the resources they have are being used efficiently, with achievement in the classroom as the end goal.
The Support Our Schools Plan has three main components:
(1) Begin OSA audits of school districts, something that hasn’t happened for 20 years;
(2) Offer performance audits, a type of audit common in other states, to help schools identify spending inefficiencies but also to help schools assess the educational impact of various programs; and
(3) Facilitate the sharing of best practices between school districts.