School rating system will help Minnesota parents make informed choices

In a commentary for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Business Partnership education committee chairman Pat Ryan writes that the Legislature should pass an easy-to-understand rating system for schools and districts.

No one should oppose a transparent, objective and straightforward rating system that helps parents make informed decisions about their children’s education. Minnesota is falling behind. The vast majority of states are already implementing similar performance-based rating systems.

Depriving the public of this basic information suggests that our education system does not trust parents to make informed decisions, or that schools have something to hide. Neither conclusion is acceptable when the quality of our children’s education is at stake.

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