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EDIA History

EDIA History

EDIA History
The EDIA was developed through the time, effort, ideas, expertise, and push of the community. Over the years, MPS has built partnerships with people, departments, community organizations, and the greater community within and outside the district to ensure that there is a process in place to identify and examine inequities in policies, practices, and procedures. Below is a timeline that describes the efforts that led up to institutionalizing the EDIA.

2006: Education Equity Organizing Collaborative (EEOC) and MPS partner to conduct a racial equity impact assessment on 2008 Strong Schools Strong City referendum. EEOC at the time consisted of Voices for Racial Justice (formerly known as Organizing Apprenticeship Project), MIGIZI (formerly known as Migizi Communications), Somali Action Alliance, and Isaiah/GRIP, as well as communities of color and American Indian communities.

2007-08: EEOC led a racial equity impact assessment on Strong Schools Strong City referendum to examine the impact of the referendum on students of color and indigenous students in MPS. The results of the assessment showed that if the referendum was not approved, the “racial and economic disparities will worsen” for children, “class size will double” and Minneapolis Public Schools will “lose more teachers of color.” Additionally, attention needed to also focus on impact and implementation of policies and practices to ensure equity goals are met.
Communities had concerns about how the funds would be spent, therefore, in an effort to increase accountability, the EEOC and MPS agreed to work closely with communities of color and indigenous communities to ensure that referendum dollars would support classroom sizes, early reading, math and science, technology, and textbooks. The agreement, in addition to the results of the assessment, guided the community to support the referendum.

2008-09: In their continued partnership, EEOC requests MPS to conduct a racial equity impact assessment on Changing School Option Policy. The assessment results show that the plans would disproportionately (negatively) impact specific communities of colors, and therefore, other options were explored to reduce the negative impacts.

2010: EEOC requests MPS to institutionalize an Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment, also known as EDIA. MPS partners with EEOC to develop a model appropriate for MPS.

2013: MPS revises District Equity and Diversity Policy 1304, institutionalizing the EDIA to identify and examine inequities in policies, practices, and procedures.

Since 2014: Completed ten EDIAs.