Minneapolis schools and teachers reach 2-year deal

  • Article by: KIM McGUIRE and STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 11:34 PM

Contract negotiations are over after seven months, but no details were released. Final approval is possible by mid-April.

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mmp14yrMar. 22, 1211:02 PM

Lynnell Mickelsen is mistaken when she implies that the district is withholding information from the public. The teachers have not seen it yet either. We will see it within the week and I would imagine that it will be released to the public at the same time.

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wildbill987Mar. 22, 1211:25 PM

Minneapolis School District Parents. GET YOUR KIDS OUT! 4 decades of criminal mis-managemet at least or Evil Dr. like social science experiments at worse is a fair description of the actions of ISD #1 since the 1970's. MPS is accurately described as one of the many drop out factories in America. We got out and have been very happy with the education our children are receiving. MPS would never ask us why we left except to denigrate us or our intelligence. They have never asked what we like about our current choices to emulate or learn from. No, they just wait for the instructions from the Union and the latest crazy idea to be issued from education radicals at the U or Washington DC. Madness.

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kamkamMar. 23, 12 5:42 AM

As a classroom teacher, I wish my union did have the power to influence administration's dictates. Sadly, it doesn't. We at the classroom level are at the mercy of the latest whim or initiative handed down from the State and district office.

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tcatheartMar. 23, 12 6:19 AM

mmp14yr-thank you for a little voice of reason. We WILL hear about the details once the teachers do as well. On a separate note, I sure hope the contract doesn't include any raises. I mean, if they really cared about the kids, they should actually be taking a pay cut.

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emilyjoMar. 23, 12 7:36 AM

Imagine that....people commenting vigorously on this story when they don't understand what the story is saying (don't let the facts get in the way of your opinion!). The contract is not final, it has not even been seen by all of the teachers yet. It has to be agreed upon by the entire school board and voted on by the teachers. Nothing is public officially until that happens.

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notaxmaxMar. 23, 12 8:28 AM

Mpls school system graduates 43% of students in the standard 4 years. In the now defunct NCLB testing only 4 in 10 - 11th grade students could pass basic reading and math skills and at over $20,000 per student they are the second biggest money pit in the country. When over half of Brooklyn Centers 1800 students are current Mpls residents and North High has an incoming class of 60 it should point out to the blindest of the blind that this school district is in trouble because it is Union run, poorly managed, overpriced, ineffective, damaging to our kids and corrupt. Huge personel changes need to be made and union involvement needs to be restrained. It is, after all, about the well being of our children.

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reader2580Mar. 23, 12 9:47 AM

Does it really matter when the public learns the details as long as the details are released in time for the public to digest the details before the school board meeting? I'm almost certain that teachers will still get raises of some sort. In the past they have received COLA, merit, and step increases. I don't think there has ever been a year when the cash portion of a Minneapolis teacher's salary didn't increase. They'll cut out either the merit or the COLA increase and then claim they are holding the line on pay. To truely claim no pay increase they need to eliminate at least the merit and COLA raises and probably the step increases too. I would love to have a job that guarantees a cost of living increase along with another pay increase. I get one pay raise in years when I get a raise and it often barely covers cost of living. (Our pay has been frozen since 2007.)

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pkbrandonMar. 23, 1210:04 AM

There are many problems in American education (starting with funding), but note that most of the countries that do a better job than we do have unionized teachers.

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oldmotorheadMar. 23, 1210:47 AM

To those of you who complaining about the Mpls. school system: in the majority of cases, the school district's hands are tied. Until the courts stop running the schools, nothing will change. Complain to your legislators to make changes so that the schools have some authority control over students. It's not the teachers faults or the unions, it's the government and the courts!

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jackpine091Mar. 23, 1211:00 AM

The teachers settled for next to nothing.

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