Minneapolis teachers union, district remain millions apart on pay proposals

BY: - March 10, 2022

Teacher pay proposals from the Minneapolis Public Schools and the teachers union remain millions of dollars apart as the teachers’ strike stretches into its third day, according to summaries published by the district Wednesday. The update is the public’s first look at the proposals on the bargaining table since December, when  the district and union […]

Minneapolis teachers rally at Capitol for more education funding

BY: - March 9, 2022

The Minneapolis teachers union called on lawmakers to put some of the state’s projected $9.3 billion budget surplus toward education funding during a rally at the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon.  Hundreds of supporters, including families and students, joined the union at the Capitol on the second day of the teachers strike. This is the first […]

Minneapolis teachers strike while the labor movement is hot

BY: - March 9, 2022

Jessica Mueller was in tears after she heard Monday night that Minneapolis teachers were officially going to strike the following day. Mueller, a special education teacher at Field Elementary, was distraught about being away from the classroom when her students are working so hard to master foundational skills, like reading. Holding a picket sign outside […]

Minneapolis teachers strike for first time in 50 years

BY: - March 8, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and staff went on strike Tuesday for the first time in more than 50 years. Classes were canceled as teachers and staff picketed outside schools across the city with signs reading “The kids are not alright,” and “On strike for safe, stable schools.” Following months of stalled negotiations, both the teacher […]

Most Twin Cities school districts facing budget shortfalls, survey says

BY: - March 7, 2022

Thirty-five school districts in the Twin Cities metro expect budget shortfalls in the 2022-23 school year, according to a survey released Monday by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. The projected deficits range from $500,000 in the Centennial and Columbia Heights school districts, to tens of millions in the state’s largest districts. AMSD said the […]

Minneapolis Public Schools invites teachers to cross picket line as strike nears

BY: - March 3, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools told teachers they have a “right to work” in an email Wednesday afternoon, five days before a potential strike could begin. The email from MPS human resources said the district wanted teachers to know their rights in case of a strike. It included instructions for crossing a picket line, prompting criticisms from […]

Senate poised to pass GOP ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

BY: - March 3, 2022

The Senate is poised to pass a slate of bills Thursday that supporters say will strengthen parents’ influence in their children’s education and opponents argue is unnecessary and potentially harmful to LGBTQ youth. Senate Republicans have made the proposed “Parents Bill of Rights” a priority this session, joining conservatives in more than a dozen states […]

Activists call for action on layoff protections for Minneapolis teachers of color

BY: - February 24, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools, already facing a shortage of teachers of color, could lose still more in the face of a budget shortfall and last-in-first-out layoff policies that disproportionately affect teachers of color because they tend to be younger and have less seniority. Some activists are urging the Minneapolis teachers union and school district to finalize […]

GOP voucher-style program would shift $178 million away from public schools

BY: - February 22, 2022

A Senate GOP proposal to create a school voucher-style program in Minnesota would shift about $178 million away from public schools over the next two years, according to analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Office. The “education savings accounts” — which would give families state money to pay for private school tuition, textbooks and school […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul teachers vote to authorize strike

BY: - February 18, 2022

Teachers in both Minneapolis and St. Paul voted to authorize strikes Thursday, the unions announced. In Minneapolis, members of the teacher bargaining unit approved the vote 2,899-92, with 96% of teachers participating. Education support professionals — such as special education assistants — voted 924-18 in favor, with 93% turnout. The vote took place from Monday to […]

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St. Paul teachers voting Thursday on potential strike

BY: - February 17, 2022

St. Paul teachers will vote Thursday on whether to strike over wages and staffing levels. Voting will close at 8:30 p.m. If they approve the strike, teachers would have to wait 10 days before walking off the job; however, they could still opt to forgo a strike altogether even if the vote passes. Thursday is […]

Minneapolis, St. Paul teachers to vote on potential strikes this week

BY: - February 14, 2022

Teachers in Minneapolis and St. Paul will vote this week on whether to strike over wages, student mental health support and class sizes. Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Education support professionals, including special education assistants, want the district to increase starting pay to $35,000. The current typical starting wage is about $24,000, according to the Minneapolis […]