Minneapolitans need to be proactive about getting into the private school system and finding the best schools for their children, a new report says.
The report, released Monday, is the latest installment in a series by Public Affairs Associates, a Minneapolis-based research firm.
The group is trying to make public education more affordable and accessible to a younger and more diverse community.
Public Affairs says its study shows that the Minnesota Public Schools (MPS) can help students and families navigate the private sector and get into the middle class.
“The private school industry can help the most disadvantaged students get into good schools,” said Lisa Dufresne, Public Affairs director.
“That’s a big reason why we want to invest in public schools.”
The new report focuses on a few key factors to help students navigate the new marketplace: the availability of schools and the availability and quality of the instruction they receive.
The study focuses on private schools in Minnesota.
The findings are based on a sample of more than 30,000 students in public and private high schools from 2007-2016.
The most recent figures available show the average annual cost for students enrolled in Minnesota public schools was $8,841.
In 2016, Minnesota had the lowest percentage of students enrolled as either full-time or part-time students at 15.4 percent.
Public Schools also have some of the highest enrollment in the country at about 10.4 million students.
The number of full- and part- time students enrolled statewide in 2019 was nearly 7.3 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.
The Minnesota Public School Association, which represents the state’s public school teachers, said it is working to improve its student success by offering more flexible work hours, a healthier food program and expanded learning and enrichment programs.
“We want to make sure we can give our students access to quality education,” said MPS spokesman Steve Anderson.
“And that means investing in our students, making sure they have the tools and resources they need to succeed in a world of technology and connectivity and opportunity.”
Private schools are available to students at many levels, including kindergarten through grade 12.
The average tuition at the public and privately funded schools is $4,717 for students in the state, $4.1 million for students at the private level and $2,624 for students with disabilities.
“There’s a lot of money in private school tuition,” said Michael Zetterling, executive director of the Minnesota Education Association, an organization that represents public school educators.
“What we’re seeing is a lot more competition in the private market.”
Private school tuition can be higher in certain states.
For example, New York has the highest percentage of tuition for students attending public schools at $10,827 per year.
Minnesota has the second highest percentage, at $9,903.
The top state for private tuition was Washington state, with $12,958 per year for students.
There are also private school costs that are not tracked.
For instance, New Jersey, which has the largest private school population in the United States, charges $2.6 million in tuition.
There’s no data for the cost of private schools for students who are disabled.
Some public schools may have additional costs associated with the education they provide.
For public schools with low-income students, such as Minneapolis Public Schools, the school’s overall tuition may be higher.
“It’s important to note that all students attending Minneapolis Public schools are students with low incomes,” said Michelle Waggoner, vice president for student engagement and leadership at the Minneapolis Public School District.
“If a student is attending a public school with lower income, it is likely that the student will have to pay a fee.
For the students in Minnesota, there are a number of options that include the public or private school option.”
The Minnesota Department for Education did not respond to a request for comment.
Public education experts said the new report is important because it looks at the success of a program that has been a priority of the Legislature.
The Legislature created the Minnesota Student Achievement Commission in 2013 to work on strategies to improve the state of Minnesota’s public schools.
The commission is led by former Gov.
The new Public Affairs report found that the commission has done a good job of increasing students’ graduation rates, improving student achievement in schools and reducing the cost and quality issues students face.
“I’m proud to be part of the MPS, and the fact that we have been able to deliver this success in our community is an honor and a privilege,” Anderson said.
And it’s critical that we are working on strategies for that. “
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And it’s critical that we are working on strategies for that.
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