Minn. school-integration plan adds focus on grades

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After spending more than $1 billion dollars trying to create more racial balance in segregated Minnesota schools, state education leaders think they have a better way to make sure all students have equal opportunity.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report (http://bit.ly/1eCs6Ga ) says the new plan focuses on student achievement. It also allows the state Department of Education to step in when districts are falling short.

For more than 10 years, as many as 134 districts with large concentrations of minority students got extra funds to help diversify. But the number of racially isolated schools has grown by 50 percent, and an achievement gap persists between minority students and whites.

Now, districts that receive funds will have to develop plans to address diversity and achievement. If results falter, the education department will have the power to redirect the money.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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