The contracts are a pledge that Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Principals' Forum will provide the best services we can for the students and families we serve. It demonstrates that as we Shift, we are working in solidarity. It is not a matter of us versus them, of central office versus schools, of district versus unions. We are one. We are in agreement about high priority schools, community partnership schools and the work that we need to do as a team to achieve the results that our students and families deserve.
The approval of these contracts is one step in our efforts to improve student outcomes and should be viewed as one strategy in the overall plan to accelerate achievement. There is much more to do and we still need your continued support. When I look at all the work we have accomplished since I announced Shift last May, I am convinced that we are on the right track and I am motivated by those who are with us on the journey – not just rooting from the sidelines, but invested and engaged. These partners include both internal and external groups and individuals; the approval of these contracts also solidifies our partnership with the teacher and principal unions. We cannot do it alone. We need everyone at the table.
This year as part of Shift, we successfully implemented our first Spring Break Academy, developed a detailed five-year enrollment plan and approved a new discipline policy designed to address inequities in our systems and keep students in school.
Together, these initiatives and the approval of the new contracts are signs of the great things to come for our students. I am excited about the momentum we are gaining. I am looking forward to the changes we are starting to see. And most importantly, I am overjoyed with the coming together of teachers, principals and district leadership. We are working more closely together than we have in a long time, which will help us better support the students and families we serve.