Metropolitan communities need to launch nothing less than a movement to reduce the educational achievement disparities that exist for minority and low-income students, and the good news is that comprehensive networks are coming together across the nation to get it done.
Those themes of urgency and possibility were emphasized by Ronald Ferguson, a Harvard professor in education and policy studies, who spoke in Minnesota recently at a meeting sponsored by the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership and the Minnesota Minority Education partnership (MMEP).
Ferguson outlined for an audience of key Twin Cities education leaders a systematic all-community approach combining under "strong intermediary organizations" to narrow the opportunity and achievement gap, while simultaneously challenging our highest achieving students. As envisioned by Ferguson, the key partners in the intermediary organizations are:
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