Minnesota adds a new pre-kindergarten program to an already confusing early-ed landscape

Jun 23, 2017

MinnPost, Erin Hinrichs

The hallways at Prodeo Academy, a K-8 charter school in the First Lutheran Church building on the outskirts of northeast Minneapolis, are lined with moving boxes. Everything is headed across the Mississippi River, to a larger site at 620 Olson Memorial Highway.

School administration say the school — which was founded in 2011, began serving kindergartners in 2013 and has grown each year since — has outgrown its current location. Part of that expansion includes a new focus on adding on-site pre-K classrooms to take a more proactive approach to closing the achievement gap.

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