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Why the Minneapolis school board is in disarray


The board of the Minneapolis Public Schools is in disarray not only because we have been unable to choose a superintendent despite a yearlong process, but because we lack a shared vision on how to move our district forward. Despite the majority of us voting for the district’s strategic plan, Acceleration 2020, some board members seem unclear about what it means, while others do not support many of its premises and promises. Our disarray comes not from individual incompetence or lack of goodwill, but from unspoken, unresolved tensions about how to move forward.

In 2014, the board passed Acceleration 2020, a groundbreaking departure. It identified “schools as the unit of change” and sought to distribute power and authority to site teams led by principals, teachers and families.


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