About 75 people joined MinnPost Tuesday night at Republic Seven Corners in Minneapolis to discuss hot-button issues in K-12 education with MinnPost reporter Beth Hawkins.
Executive Editor Andrew Putz moderated the 90-minute discussion, which touched on everything from the achievement gap to teacher preparation programs.
The bulk of the discussion, however, focused on student assessments and school accountability programs. Hawkins told the crowd that Minnesota’s school accountability system is unlikely to change until federal lawmakers agree on what will replace No Child Left Behind.
It’s expected that outgoing U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will do what he can to advance the issue before he leaves Congress, Hawkins said, but it seems unlikely that Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach an agreement this year. And if the issue is not resolved by January, it’s unlikely to be taken up again until after the 2016 presidential election.
The conversation was a part of MinnPost’s event series, MinnPost Social, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, in which our journalists share their insights with the public in a casual atmosphere. The events are free for MinnPost members, $10 for non-members.
The next MinnPost Social will take place in November.