The goal: to work with one school in each district in Hennepin County to replace punitive measures with positive discipline and behavioral approaches.
MFT members will vote on the package, which runs from 2013 to 2015 retroactively, from March 17 to 24. If they approve it, school board members will vote at their April meeting.
Using state data, Charter School Partners identified Minneapolis schools that are among the top 40% in the state in having a high impact on student achievement.
To add to the discomfort on display at Tuesday’s retreat , they also gave each other low marks regarding “demeaning verbal or nonverbal communication.”
A new Office of Student Achievement will make sure that black male students are singled out — for resources.
The news sparked fresh discussion about whether the city has the best model of governance for a large urban district.
The chair meets frequently with the superintendent. He or she has great but not complete power in determining what goes on the board’s agenda — and what doesn’t.
Closing teacher negotiations to the public does not challenge us to deal with the current state of the Minneapolis public-school system.
Typically, by this stage of the process there’s been enough nattering for observers to estimate the contours of the compromise on the table. This year there aren’t even ballpark guesses.
With audience members shouting and demanding answers, Board Chair Alberto Monserrate gaveled the meeting to a recess.
The eight sitting board members will rank their choices from a field of four candidates that includes Samatar’s widow, Ubah Jama, and Mohamud Noor, who ran for school board in 2010.
Each candidate committed to backing MPS’ “Shift” proposal, to seeking an end to “last in, first out” teacher layoff practices, and to the presence of TFA teachers in the schools.
The mayor is remorseful about not having done more and earlier, and he’s worried that his successor won’t be brave enough or act with enough urgency.
“We are really focused on helping all teachers get better,” said Paul Hegre, a Minneapolis teacher on special assignment who helped craft the proposal.
A successful author, Daniel Hertz hopes his book will help sustain a school serving 30 poor villages in the Himalayan mountains.
Between Minneapolis Public Schools departments and community agencies, 50 organizations providing an array of services will be at Saturday’s event.
Concerns center on whether administrators can keep up with the work and whether something that’s surprisingly meaningful will be compromised.
The keynote in this meeting was delivered by Mayme Hostetter, dean of the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York and a Twin Cities native.
Forget everything you think you know about summer school. MPS students are enrolling themselves in record numbers — and happily.
In addition to changes sought by MPS brass, state and federal officials have demanded reforms the district can’t enact without union cooperation.