Keep Minnesota teacher talks open to the public

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 7, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The doors close when the matter goes to mediation, and that's less than ideal.

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chlyn001Oct. 8, 13 2:26 AM

The implications of editorials such as this one are that once again it's the teachers fault for social ills often not able to be properly addressed by schools. Until the schools have total wrap-around services for students not prepared for the rigors of academics, it becomes so convenient to just blame the teachers. It's all part of the beat down promoted by those who would like to dismantle public education in hopes it can be privatized for profit. (I know what to do. Let's hire a bunch of new teachers with 8 weeks of training. Think of the money we'll save.)

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educator1Oct. 8, 13 3:46 AM

This editorial does not make it clear that in St Paul, it was the district that asked that the talks go to mediation.

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norselandcOct. 8, 13 6:17 AM

Your editorial board is less informative with each passing attempt at journalism. You did not even mention the main reason for mediation. There are large, meddling outside groups with lots of funding who have the stated goal of undermining the efforts of teachers to negotiate a fair settlement. Of course, the public does not know the names of these groups because the Strib does not report on them. I will not name these groups because that is your job.

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tandabussOct. 8, 13 7:35 AM

Fair settlement....fair to whom? Teachers' unions protect teacher interests, and while that is all well and good, someone needs to be thinking about the educational needs of the kids.

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blorangeOct. 8, 13 9:56 AM

It should be pretty clear that a request to opt out of state standardized testing is a bargaining chip that will be exchanged for something more reasonable at the table.

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BloomingtonChrisOct. 8, 1310:30 AM

The editorial board seems so intent on criticizing unions that, for today at least, it has lost its senses. The board seems to say that labor negotiations should be done in public and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers was wrong to close their talks because the process was getting difficult. Reasonable people can disagree on that, but at least we can now assume that the Star Tribune will enthusiastically open its next round of talks with its own unions to its readers. What’s harder to understand is how the board can also criticize the St. Paul teachers for trying to engage the public in difficult issues, when administrators – not teachers - closed talks in that district. Two districts, two unions, two diametrically opposed choices on public negotiations; but today the editorial board performed enough mental gymnastics and misdirection to condemn them all. The Star Tribune is Minnesota’s newspaper of record. Its subscribers deserve better than today’s piece.

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ruphinaOct. 8, 13 1:36 PM

BloomingtonChris- HUGE difference between DStrib union negotiations and teachers groups. The Strib has to generate it's money honestly, through subscriptions and advertising fees. Teachers are paid with tax dollars, local state and federal all in the mix, which means every single Minnesotan has a stake in the efficiency of Minneapolis or St. Paul teachers. BTW, the knife cuts both ways. With transparency, we get to see how eager the ones negotiating with the unions are to protect our tax dollars. If Ellison were on the negotiating team, it would be like the fox in the hen house. Bill G.

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jabuyerOct. 8, 13 4:16 PM

Only media outlets want negotiation out in the open. No one else does. Ultimately the public will find out the result and can act accordingly. Making how they get there is counter productive and just bad sense.

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gandalf48Oct. 8, 13 4:32 PM

I'm sorry but when tax payer dollars are used everything should be in the open. I find it hard to understand how certain people can get payouts from a public school system (i.e. Tania Chance getting $250k when being fired) without explaining the contracts and not explaining why that person was fired. All contract/union negotiations should be open to the public...after all these contracts are being negotiated between politicians and public unions...all public servants; there is no reason any of this should be hidden from the public view.

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elind56Oct. 8, 13 5:01 PM

"...800,000 federal workers have been furloughed and aren’t getting paid."----------------------Get your facts straight. It's about 450,000 (substantial difference) and they WILL get back pay when the impasse is over.

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