If he could travel back, would he do it again? “No question,” says Trockman, whose last post was in the blazing hot seat of liaison between the school board and MPS leadership.
The next two-year deal just might be struck in 12 weeks, vs. a year. A review of both starting wish lists suggests the next agreement is likely to simply build on the current one.
Whoever leads MPS’ communications efforts, the district’s brass should mandate they maintain an open-door policy, even when it gets scary. Especially when it gets scary.
Forms are often filled out, but carrying out the intent of the assessment — to ask at critical junctures, will this advance or diminish equity? — is another story.
New Principal Monica Fabre has been making changes and planning for a top-to-bottom redesign. Even critics are taking note, but say a broad MPS culture change is needed.
In Minneapolis, at least, it appears not to be the kids who are outraged over the MCAs.
Even with district leaders’ good intentions, gaps persist, urgency is fickle, and clarity surrounding districtwide excellence and equity is inconsistent.
On leaving MPS: “Making this decision was tough for me, but it was also easy. I did not want to be in a position where it’s stressful on the job and it’s stressful at home.”
Next month, Monserrate will leave the MPS board after a single term — an experience that caused him to become skeptical that a sprawling institution like Minneapolis Public Schools can be turned around.
If you are tracking efforts by MPS and other Minnesota districts to curb shocking disparities in punitive school discipline, you’ll want to spend a little time reading RiShawn Biddle’s writing.
District leaders see this week’s agreement with federal officials as an enhancement to a series of changes already under way.
If the affidavits supplied to the Senate are accurate, the CSI contract still reeks. But a credible, logical version of events has finally emerged.
There is a tremendous amount of chatter on the interwebs. If you can tear yourself away from the election, I commend you to it.
It’s playing out in the southern half of south Minneapolis, where both candidates are well liked and respected.
“You all constantly claim you want community engagement,” law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds said. “But when we step up our voices are silenced.”
The fund will make its first expenditure on mailers promoting two of the four candidates running in the election cycle’s hottest ticket, a four-way race for two at-large seats.
The letter calls on MPS leaders to explain why the contract was placed on the school board’s consent agenda, which by law is supposed to contain routine business matters.
Students and families are offered free tickets to plays at local theaters, as well as opportunities to stage productions, spend a week canoeing and tour colleges.
While applauding Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson for making the move, some district insiders suggested it was long overdue.
We must become more engaged and inquisitive about what is happening within our public school system as a whole, and in particular why students in MPS are falling through the cracks.