Comprehensive District Design Information Hub

The Comprehensive District Design is Minneapolis Public Schools’ bold vision and plan for how our large, urban school district will deliver on its commitment to ensuring that all students–regardless of their background, zip code, and personal needs–receive a high-quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for future success.

CDD Overview

Learn more about the need for the Comprehensive District Design, its guiding principles and values, how it was developed, and how MPS will use it to turn our vision and goals into reality.

Goals & Priorities

The CDD's goals and priorities describe the outcomes and provide the long-range planning direction for the district's design and policies moving forward. 

Proposed Design

The CDD takes an ambitious and pragmatic approach to systems change through an integrated set of plans, strategies, and policies. Learn more about the proposed district structure, student placement policies, and other supporting efforts.

CDD Video Walkthrough Presentations

To download the presentation slides in PDF format (including in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong), click here.

Over the last few weeks, we have all had to adapt to a new, temporary reality. MPS staff have come together to transform the way we deliver classroom instruction while also supporting other critical student and family needs like childcare, food, technology, and mental healthcare. These short-term priorities require the full focus and capacity of our School Board and MPS staff, right now. But, as Governor Walz promised in his State of the State address, "a new day will come," the pandemic crisis will end, and MPS will resume dealing with our regular reality--one in which students' educational access and outcomes differ based on their race, income, and zip code--and the future ahead. 

The Comprehensive District Design is about charting the course for that future that so all students in our city receive a high-quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for future success, no matter their background, their personal needs, or the neighborhood they live in. In order to ensure that these students and their families are not made to wait once again to receive that which their neighbors in wealthier and whiter communities already have, we must move forward with a decision by the School Board on the CDD within a timeline that allows for related budget decisions to be made by June 30, the end of our fiscal year. 

The School Board will delay a vote on the CDD until its regular May 12 meeting to allow staff the time to focus on distance learning, meeting technology needs, and connecting with students and families. Because the School Board is meeting virtually during the current pandemic situation, public comments will be accepted by voicemail and played during the virtual board meeting so the entire board and members of the public can hear them.


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