Theresa Battle

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District Superintendent Theresa Battle.

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District Superintendent Theresa Battle will serve on Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ recently convened task force on law enforcement education reform.

“The Taskforce will lead a critical examination of current law enforcement education programs across the Minnesota State system using an anti-racism and equity-focused lens,” Minnesota State announced.

A total of 93 academic programs in law enforcement, criminal justice, and related fields are offered across 24 Minnesota State colleges and universities, according to a news release.

Approximately 86% of Minnesota graduates in law enforcement graduated from one of the Minnesota State colleges or universities.

The task force is comprised of approximately 30 members.

The group will “examine and advise on issues, initiatives, programming, and priorities relative to an anti-racist law enforcement education,” according to the announcement. “The taskforce will not only help to set priorities for Minnesota State regarding our law enforcement education, but also has the potential to impact law enforcement across the state.”

Joe Gothard, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District’s former superintendent, is also a task force member. Gothard is currently Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools.

The task force is set to meet several times over the fall 2020 semester and will ultimately submit its recommendations and priorities to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra.

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