Last Tuesday, February 12th, the Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM) continued its campaign to end high-stakes standardized testing. For the second Minneapolis School Board meeting in a row, PEJAM teachers and parents went to call on them to "scrap the MAP" (Measure of Academic Progress test). Our efforts were strengthened by the District's decision to start their meeting with a "Public Hearing on Negotiations." This hearing was billed as an opportunity for the public "to share their perspectives on what they would like to see be a part of the school district's union employment contracts."
This was clearly an opportunity for the local corporate reformers to come and bash teachers and attack seniority. As a result, Minneapolis teachers, parents, and union members came in overwhelming numbers to not only defend our contract, but to identify the actual problems our schools face.
|Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and former School Board Member Pam Costain|
|Josh Reimnitz - TFA alum and new Minneapolis School Board Member|
Click here to view the Public Hearing. The first half-hour was an "open" public comment section, the next hour is the official "Public Hearing on Negotiations." Parents and Teachers discuss their concerns in both sections.
Posted by: Rob Panning-Miller