As we welcome students, families, and staff for the 2022-2023 academic year we want to bring attention to the document entitled Minnesota’s Chartered Public Schools: Welcoming All. The document was developed through a consultative process with member schools in 2015 and revised earlier this year by the MACS Board of Directors.
The essential point of the document is to remind every charter school of its responsibility to provide equitable educational opportunities and promote diversity and inclusion in its student population while upholding the principle of public-school choice.
This requires that the school community adopt a mindfulness of equity and a commitment to action to provide every student with the opportunity to fulfill their academic, civic, and economic potential.
Being welcoming and respectful of the diversity of students, and ensuring equitable opportunities for all students requires that board members, administrators, faculty, and staff look at attitudes, policies, and practices so that students feel welcomed, included, and supported.
Assessing our individual and organizational attitudes, policies, and practices in an honest and ongoing manner is what leadership is about – anything less is doing a disservice to our students.