We face a crisis in education today. Much of the dialogue surrounding it has centered on the national achievement gap. Despite Minnesota's hard-earned reputation as one of the top education states, we are not exempt from the crisis here — Saint Paul has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. Simply put, our current system is not meeting the needs of today's students.
However clichéd the phrase, our children really are the future. Today's students are tomorrow's workforce, tomorrow's taxpayers, and tomorrow's parents, which means solving this problem is critical — not just to individual kids and families, but to the future of our entire city.