The 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.