A highly anticipated forum for black parents with students in the Osseo school district is today (Thursday, May 22) at the Brooklyn Park Community Center at 5:30pm.
The forum, organized by the African Immigrant Services (AIS), is aimed at drawing out concerns and suggestions from the community.
Minnesota usually ranks among the top five achieving states in education but that success has not translated to students of color. African immigrants, among the most educated in the nation, are starting to see the effects of the “achievemnt gap” affecting their children which has caused alarm.
Brooklyn Park and the surrounding suburbs, referred to as the “African suburbs” because of the concentration of African immigrants many who are home owners, falls under the Osseo School District # 279. About 50% of the students are students of color according to a background document from the Northwest Suburban Integration School District.