It has been announced that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contact. Teachers will soon vote to ratify the agreement and the Minneapolis School Board will vote to accept the deal on April 17th. As an advocate over the years for all students, I believe this agreement essentially sacrifices the advancement of underachieving African American students to the benefit of adult teachers. If the board accepts this agreement it will not be in the best interest of those African American and other students who are not at grade level in reading and/or math. The Board should reject this agreement and send its negotiators back to the table to secure an agreement that will accelerate the academic achievement of underperforming students in district schools.
There are many reasons the Board of Education should reject this proposed contract and the following will demonstrate exactly why our students will be sacrificed, or shortchanged, if MPS accepts the proposal.