Logo SqWebThe Osseo School Board has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights under which the district has agreed to continue its work to eliminate disparities in discipline, specifically the disproportionate suspension or expulsion of students of color and students with disabilities.

Under the agreement, the district will continue its well established work to ensure equitable outcomes for every student, which has been board-approved priority work in the district’s strategic plan for seven years. The district is considered a state leader in this work and has demonstrated success in reducing disparities in some areas.

The district agreed to supplement its regular internal data analysis/action planning and state reporting processes by also reporting discipline data to the Department of Human Rights on a semi-annual basis. In addition, the district agreed to participate in a state-level committee that will seek to identify and share best practices in eliminating racial and other student group disparities.

Some board members expressed disappointment that the Department of Human Rights chose the approach of a potential charge even though the district has a long history of leading work to eliminate disparities among racial and other student groups. Board members reaffirmed their commitment to the district’s equity work, which has been underway for many years, and recognized staff efforts to achieve the goal of equitable educational outcomes, including in discipline, for every student.

reading corps tutor with two studentsMinnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are seeking more than 20 tutors to serve at several sites in Osseo Area Schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors commit to serving every school day during school hours, working with students one-on-one or in small group settings. In return, they are paid a living allowance every two weeks; are eligible for up to $5,920 for tuition or repayment of student loans; and may also qualify for free health insurance and child care assistance. No previous tutoring experience is necessary; individuals selected as tutors will receive extensive training and ongoing coaching throughout their service year.

Tutors are currently being recruited for the following elementary schools: Basswood, Birch Grove, Edinbrook, Elm Creek, Fair Oaks, Fernbrook, Oak View, Palmer Lake, Park Brook, Woodland and Zanewood.

Tutors must be age 18 or older with a high school diploma or equivalent. Those interested in serving as tutors can view and apply for open positions at readingandmath.net. To learn more, contact Hannah Balder or call 612-492-1685.