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School aides are leaving Minneapolis for better paying districts, union says


October 7, 2019

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Mari Mansfield, right, a special education assistant at Roosevelt High School, cheered at a rally on June 12, 2019, for higher wages for educational support professionals in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

The union representing Minneapolis Public Schools support staff in contracting negotiations says a growing number of aides are leaving the state's third-largest district to work in other metro schools that pay them better.

But according to the district, instructional salaries - pay going to school employees such as classroom teachers, special education staff and teacher aides - have gone up drastically in the past six years. In that period, district leaders said, starting wages for support staff have increased by 31%.


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