Every journey begins with a single step. Maya Angelou
DFL Mpls City Convention goes virtual ~ voting begins April 24th!
If you are a delegate to the 2020 Minneapolis City Convention, formerly to be held May 17th, it is now virtual. The email on file with the Minneapolis DFL (if you are not sure if you have one, please contact Devin Hogan, email@example.com).
In accordance with new Minnesota DFL rules passed by the State Executive Committee, the 2020 Minneapolis DFL Convention will take place via electronic balloting from Saturday, April 25th to Monday, May 4th. I had hoped for Minneapolis to join a second voting period in late May around the original convention date, but the rules require all local organizing units to ballot in April.
Everything guiding the convention is here: https://www.dfl.org/covid19/localconventions/. Delegates will consider endorsement for School Board and vote for the Minneapolis DFL board. Alternates are automatically upgraded to delegate status. The state party will orchestrate the mechanics of balloting via email. The Minneapolis unit is responsible for facilitating optional phone and mail ballots and entering these results electronically during the 10-day voting period. The state will then provide the results to certify.
April 19, 2020 ~ COVID-19 has closed schools, overwhelmed our health systems and unemployment systems, tested our broadband, magnified the digital divide as students and educators implement virtual classrooms, sparked urgency to develop systems to get food and resources to students and families sheltering at home. We are witnesses why schools are integral to our communities, providing far more than educational programing to students. In spite of the fear and anxiety many of our families and community members are experiencing, especially our communities of color and immigrant families, our MPS Board Directors are spending time pushing through their CDD plan instead of focusing on meeting the urgent needs of their school communities.
Changes to the MPS Calendar, 2019–2022
Post-Labor Day Start Proposed (SWJournal) ~ Board members Rebecca Gagnon and Ira Jourdain asked Kelly and Superintendent Ed Graff if the district’s hourly employees understand they would have fewer days of work under the new calendar. Chief Kelly noted the head of the ESP union, Shaun Laden, was on the calendar committee. She said the committee talked about reducing the number of “choppy” weeks would be better for hourly employees, because they would have more consistent weeks with a more consistent number of hours.
PUBLIC DEBATE: AT-LARGE CANDIDATE FORUMS ~
School Board Candidates Talk Equity at Forum (SWJournal) ~ Gagnon said the policy that would best address the issue [of supporting students with chemical dependency issues] would be ensuring the district has full-service schools, which would include having partners, such as social service agencies, in school buildings. She noted a resolution she introduced this past spring to restore over $6 million to middle and high schools to the 2018-19 budget, adding that the schools were going to cut security and support positions with the funding.
Funding, achievement gaps at issue for Minneapolis school board candidates ~ Achievement gap, budget cuts, and teacher shortage on the table at forum for voters in Minneapolis.
Yes I’m in support of magnet schools & choice WITHIN Mpls Public Schools , choice that desegregates & offers different learning opportunities for students. We don’t retain and grow enrollment by removing choices & we must grow to be fiscally sustainable.
Four Minneapolis school board candidates debate top issues ~ It was the first of three forums scheduled before Election Day.
“Gagnon, whose remarks were the most polished during the forum talked about how far the district has come since she was elected on the board in 2010. Gagnon blamed the state and federal for not adequately funding special education and English language learners, noting it’s the one of the main reason the district faces chronic shortfalls year in year out.”
LATEST NEWS ~
As a member of the Superintendent Evaluation Committee, we are working on a tool to provide feedback to the Superintendent on his last year’s performance. Director Walser and myself are supporting not only including his stated priorities in the evaluation tool (SEL (Social Emotional Learning), MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports), Equity, and Literacy, but Operations of the District which are under our policy and state statutes the responsibility of the Superintendent. “The overall goals of the district when we hire a superintendent are to be in charge of administration, coordination and supervision of the entire school system,” Board Member Rebecca Gagnon said. “We need to ensure that is in fact happening.”
“I am urging voters to return Rebecca Gagnon and elect Kimberly Caprini to the Board. I am also strongly urging a yes vote on both of the funding referenda.” David Tilsen, former MPS Board Member, Southside Pride Columnist
FRIENDS wishing me the best pre-primary election night!
Community is in full swing this summer with Juneteenth, Somali Independence Festival, Immigration Law Center Gala, 4th of July celebrations, Ice-cream socials, & Pride Parade just to name a few!
Friday, May 25, 10th Annual Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nation Gathering at Bde Make Ska
Friday, May 16-19, NAGB trip to Montgomery, AL
When we were not discussing The Nation’s Report Card, or the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), we were enjoying the rich history and culture of Alabama and touring schools focused on career pathways.
Student Voices Matter!
“[Students] were stoked about the resolution and I was so proud of them because it is very constructive. It acknowledges the deficit, it acknowledges other issues, and it acknowledges that there is another committee, and they value that work,” said Gagnon, “They came to me and said “this is how we want to be heard and I was just not going to muck with that.”
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