Minneapolis school board race sets fundraising record

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2012 - 10:45 PM

In "a struggle for control" of the school board in Minneapolis, one candidate has raised seven times as much as his opponent.

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buzzard23Nov. 2, 12 8:25 PM

"... although that $5,230 has been supplemented by independent spending by the political arm of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers." This is a big part of what is wrong with the public school system. The local teacher's union contributes to candidates for the school board election. The very school board members that vote to approve union contracts.

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larciferNov. 2, 12 9:20 PM

One more reason we sent our kids to a private school!

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rvatasseryNov. 2, 1211:55 PM

this is a really poorly disguised hack job on reimnitz. given that this is a school board race, nobody cares one way or the other, but this article tries to portray reimnitz as some rich, out-of-touch amateur. maybe he is, but it's not the place for the strib to make that argument. save that for the editorials.

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daviddegrioNov. 3, 1212:02 AM

Consider this data: MPS District 4 Population= 61,871 MN State House District Avg Population= 39,582 MN State Senate District Avg Population= 79,163 MN State House Spending Limit= $34,300 ($37,800 for 1st time candidate) MN State Senate Spending Limit= $68,100 ($75,000 for 1st time candidate) Considering population numbers the legislature says one of their candidates could need almost twice the amount that Josh has raised. Is school board some how less worthy of a robust, well funded discussion during a campaign as compared to Legislative races?

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chlyn001Nov. 3, 1212:17 AM

News alert: Teachers are also citizens, and they have a right to contribute to candidates that reflect their views on education issues and local and national policies and politics. They would be the first among us to decry the "buying" of any election, as one of our major party's is trying to do. They believe they are right on the issues, and in my opinion, they generally are.

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brandsNov. 3, 1212:14 PM

But David, are you saying that Pam Costain didn't have a robust discussion in 2006 for $15k?

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liveswellNov. 3, 1212:15 PM

Patty Wycoff has been an active participant in this community and our schools over the years. Her perspective spans that of a parent, sometimes happy, sometimes not so happy with her family's school experience, a classroom volunteer, a school organizer, and a community member. Her rich experience should be of greater value than the money coming from outside our community into her opponents campaign. Patty Wycoff has the perspective and experience our community should have on the school board.

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farcicalNov. 3, 1212:23 PM

Take away the TFA component for a moment. A 26-yr-old who grew up in NoDak, spent two years in a classroom in Atlanta, and recently moved to Mpls now wants to serve on the School Board. He has raised a relatively large amount of money from "outside" groups and individuals. School Board and City Council members are the backbone of local government and help define a community at the present and immediate future. Mr. Reminitz is the embodiment of "outsider" to degree of not adequately knowing about the community he wishes to serve.

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bouchevilleNov. 3, 12 1:15 PM

Why are people from Edina and Wayzata contributing to him? People complain about unions contributing money to politicians. The % of union money is miniscule compared to corporate spending and the rich giving money to protect their interests. In this case to bust the union and privatize schools. Reminietz represents big business, who want to privatize schools and make some dough. They have been wanting to destroy education through the guise of charter schools for years.

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aquarius2Nov. 3, 12 2:46 PM

His two years in the classroom were not very successful either. His school was one which was under investigation for manipulation of test scores. He has absolutely no knowledge of the district or its population. Where there is big money being spent; there is a big agenda to make money in the behind the candidate. His candidacy is not about students, but about serving the interests of TFA and charters.

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