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Frustration over Minneapolis student literacy factors into split board vote on superintendent's future

Lack of progress draws the superintendent's efficacy into question


November 1, 2021

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Superintendent Ed Graff, seen at an Oct. 12 school board meeting, is facing pushback from parents over student progress in reading.

Half of Minneapolis Public School students can't read at grade level - a statistic that has long held true - and some parents are losing patience, showing up to protests holding signs that say "literacy for all."

School board members are also starting to show frustration with what they see as a lack of progress on teaching kids to read and write. Despite some gains, a stubborn achievement gap persists between white students and students of color.

The issue factored into the board's 5-4 decision last month to begin negotiations to renew Superintendent Ed Graff's contract. The four members who voted against it cited his leadership in the area of literacy as a primary factor in their "no" votes. In an evaluation of the superintendent, the board as a whole rated him as a "developing" leader in the category of literacy and an "effective" and "highly effective" leader across areas of district finances, human resources and student support.


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