The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) is coordinating with the National School Boards Association on Stand Up for Public Schools to raise awareness about the value of local school boards and the importance of public schools.
The campaign seeks to encourage school board members, parents and education leaders to enlist the support of community members across Minnesota and the nation to take action in support of public schools and locally elected boards of education.
WHY ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS NECESSARY?
- They are a critical component to an informed, democratic society and the American way of life.
- They provide the educational foundation that each and every child needs to go on to college and careers — and succeed in life.
- They don’t discriminate; public schools serve all students regardless of background, class or ability.
- The Minnesota Constitution establishes a “general and uniform system of public schools” and guarantees “thorough and efficient system of common schools throughout the state.”
Article XIII; Sec. 1: "Uniform system of public schools — The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state."
WHY ARE LOCALLY ELECTED BOARDS OF EDUCATION NECESSARY?
- Control of public education should be kept close to the people of the community.
- Local school boards are accessible to the people and the voice of the people.
- School board members are directly accountable to their communities.
HOW ARE MINNESOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUCCEEDING?
- Year after year, public schools across Minnesota are among the best in the country, earning recognition and showcasing models of reform, efficiency and achievement.
- Minnesota ranks ninth in the world education system taking the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMMS) in Science.
- Minnesota ranks sixth in the world education system taking the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMMS) in Mathematics.
- Minnesota has a long list of nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools for overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gap.
- Minnesota has an impressive list of schools applying for and earning the designation of Celebration Schools based on the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) which includes students’ proficiency and growth, as well as school’s progress in closing the achievement gap and increasing graduation rates.
- Minnesota has the highest ACT scores among seniors across the nation for nine years running.
- Minnesota has its highest graduation rate in a decade — at nearly 80 percent.
- Minnesota anticipates that 95 percent of students will be enrolled in all-day kindergarten and 9,000 low- and middle-income children will have access to quality child programs.