House DFL proposes $3 billion education funding increase over 3 years

BY: - April 4, 2022

Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a $3.3 billion increase to state education funding over the next three years.  The sprawling package would use money from the state’s projected $9.3 billion budget surplus to boost spending on mental health, English language instruction and special education services, House DFL leaders announced Monday. It comes just days after […]

Minneapolis teacher strike is part of a wider labor struggle for educators around the country

BY: - April 1, 2022

This story was originally published by The 19th Ma-Riah Roberson-Moody, an education support professional for Minneapolis Public Schools, works two other jobs to make ends meet. The school district doesn’t pay her enough to survive on one salary, she said. Some of her peers are not even able to afford basic necessities. “We have members […]

Minneapolis’ new teachers of color layoff protections: Three things to know

BY: - March 31, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools is stepping into nearly uncharted territory — and potentially thorny legal ground — with its new policy aimed at protecting teachers of color from potential layoffs. The new teachers contract, reached last week after a 14-day strike, creates exemptions to seniority-based job cuts, a feat that few other districts in the state have managed. […]

95% of Minneapolis teachers participating in strike, district data shows

BY: - March 16, 2022

About 150 teachers and 100 education support professionals reported to work during the first week of the Minneapolis Public Schools strike, according to the school district. The teachers and staff crossing the picket line represent a small fraction of Minneapolis Public Schools’ workforce: fewer than 5% of the district’s 3,200 teachers and 8% of support […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies in support of Minneapolis teachers during strike

BY: - March 14, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools agreed to include class size caps in teacher contracts and adjust the pay structure for education support professionals, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers leadership announced Monday. The offers are the district’s closest yet to the union’s demands — but as the strike stretches into a fifth day, the two parties still aren’t seeing […]

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 […]