ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A group of Twin Cities superintendents is attempting to
address the segregation and academic achievement gap issues that are still
prevalent in Minnesota schools.

Nearly 50 superintendents launched the Reimagine Minnesota initiative to create recommendations that schools can use to improve education equity.

The group held meetings last year to get input from students, parents,
educators and community members. Suggestions included improving communication
between schools and families, increasing student support services and hiring
more diverse educators.

The group is expected to complete its recommendations later this year.

Minnesota students' tests scores have remained stagnant in recent years, but
there have been improvements to high school graduation rates.

The state spends about $75 million annually on programs to integrate schools
and address the achievement gap.