Feb 22, 2013 • By

Bridging the education gap

While Minnesota is home to incredibly strong schools that offer a fantastic education to many children, national statistics reveal that our state has one of the biggest gaps in education achievement between white and minority students.

This sobering juxtaposition inspired the General Mills Foundation, UNCF and TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) to partner together to address the topic and its potential solutions in a program named MN’s Education Gap 2013 – airing Sunday at 12 p.m. Central on TPT2. For people living outside the Minneapolis and St. Paul region, the program is also available online.

Filmed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the program is a candid dialogue between Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, and St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva. The discussion was moderated by WCCO-TV Anchor Angela Davis.  

Here’s a one-minute video summary of the conversation:

Marian Wright Edelman, a national advocate for children and families, was in Minneapolis to give the keynote speech at the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, which is also a partnership between the General Mills Foundation, UNCF and TPT. A recording of the annual breakfast event is available online.