Increasing Racial Gap in Minnesota Schools

By Faiza Mahamud and MaryJo Webster  Across Minnesota, as the student population becomes more racially diverse, the number of teachers of color is not keeping pace. Since the 2006-07 school year — when this year’s high school graduating class was in first grade — the number of K-12 students of color has exploded, while that…

Importance of Teachers in Quality Education

By Cindy Cisneros  AS WE PAUSE THIS LABOR Day to celebrate the nation’s workers, we should also think about those whose profession helps prepare the citizens and workforce of tomorrow: early childhood teachers who work with children every day. A child’s first five years are the most critical for neurological development, with their brains forming more…

Reason For High Teacher Turnover Rate

By Kelly McLaughlin Educators are seeing record high turnover in their schools in recent years. More than 40% of teachers leave the profession within five years, according to the National Education Association, leaving teacher shortages across the country. Turnover is highest in the South and lowest in the Northwest, the Learning Policy Institute found in a 2016…