Minneapolis school board meeting shut down over racist curriculum
Minneapolis, MN - On the night of Sept. 29, dozens of educators, students, parents and community members disrupted the Minneapolis Board of Education. Tensions between the community and the board have been rising over the recent adoption of a new $1.2 million district-wide racist reading curriculum for elementary age students, sold by the Utah-based company Reading Horizons.
Anticipating protest, the board opened the meeting with an attempt to prevent public comment during the special “business only” meeting and limiting brief public comments only to an upcoming tax levy. Protesters entered shortly after the meeting opened, chanting “Whose tax dollars? Our tax dollars!” The protesters’ arrival was met by the moans and obvious discomfort of the small audience and board members, some of whom tried to shout down protesters and demand they leave. Within minutes the frustrated members of the Board of Education postponed the meeting.