By Craig Stellmacher
Former Mayor and Congressman Don Fraser thinks early childhood education is key to combatting Minneapolis’s achievement gap. Don Fraser spoke at Minneapolis City Councilman’s monthly breakfast, at Mercado Central on east Lake Street June 25 2010.
He became involved with early childhood education when School Superintendent Richard Green asked for his support to narrow the achievement gap. Mayor Fraser became a backer of Head Start, but he wonders if today it’s funded enough, and enrolling enough.
He also brings up in this video two other solutions that have been shown to raise achievement : Longer school days, and longer school years. But–where will the money come from to fund these programs?