ON-Lion Letter
In April, on behalf of four parents, the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ) and Students for Education Reform-Minnesota filed a lawsuit in state court to challenge Minnesota statutes that allow persistently ineffective teachers to remain in schools.  The suit claims that the statutes deny students their right to a "thorough and efficient" education, which is guaranteed by the state constitution.

The plaintiffs are Tiffini Flynn Forslund of Minneapolis, Roxanne Draughn of St. Paul, Bonnie Dominguez of Duluth, and Justina Person of Eagan,  The laws being challenged in Forslund v. Minnesota include ones about teacher tenure, dismissal, and seniority-based layoffs.

While only 40% of low-income students are reading and doing math at grade level, more than 70% of wealthier students are reading and doing math at grade level.  Only one in three of Minnesota's minority students are on track to meet state grade-level goals in reading and math.

Minnesota teachers receive lifetime job protection after only three years, despite extensive research showing this is not enough time to judge long-term effectiveness.  Fewer than one in five African-American parents in Minnesota are content with public schools the way they are.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports PEJ.
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