After thinking about it for a long time, I’ve decided not to seek reelection to Minneapolis School Board in 2022.
I have tremendous gratitude for the many people that have supported me over the last eight years. Thanks to my family, and the many individuals who have supported my campaigns and work. Through consistent ethical leadership, commitment to holistic education, equity, community, and fiscal transparency the board has accomplished a great deal. Two successful referendum campaigns brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the district. As chair of the board during the development of the Comprehensive District Design, we established a commitment to providing a well rounded education in every corner of the city. We dramatically reduced standardized testing in our schools, prevented school closures, won state and federal grants for full service community schools, transitioned away from police in schools, eliminated toxic tire mulch from our playgrounds, established our schools as sanctuaries for immigrant families, and raised up the voice of our students to the level of board representative.
The challenges to public schools are still large. Serving all kids is a large order and requires a large commitment from the public. Our schools are still woefully underfunded, particularly those schools that serve those most in need, like MPS. In the last 20 years we have seen the state’s commitment to public education, as a percentage of GNP, go down about 1/3. In the state of Mn we underfund our commitment to Special Education by a billion dollars. I will continue to fight these injustices. And I will continue to serve the public as a middle school special education teacher. Thanks to the voters of District 5 for the opportunity to serve our schools and our community!
Happy New Year!