Who is in Charge of Minneapolis Public Schools?
A report recently reported on by Axios indicates a major reason why minority kids enrolled in Minneapolis public schools don’t graduate on time: “In Minneapolis Public Schools the overall attendance rate from 2019 to 2022 fell from 79% to 46%.”
That means that over half of the kids enrolled in Minneapolis public schools miss more than 10% or more of school days.
Most education researchers will tell you that middle school kids who miss more than 10 days per year “have only a 66% chance of graduating high school, versus 93% for students who miss two or fewer days.”
It is interesting to note that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has apparently either been asleep at the wheel or doesn’t care about what is happening in Minneapolis: they haven’t publicly released any data on chronic absenteeism for four years.
Here’s the full news report on Minneapolis public schools and their truancy rate by race.