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St. Paul parents hope to keep momentum after teachers contract deal

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, March 3, 2014 – When a teachers strike loomed last month in the St. Paul Public Schools district, parents joined forces on Facebook, peppered the school board with emails and rallied in front of district headquarters. When the district and teachers reached a contract agreement, union leaders credited parents. The superintendent called […]

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St. Paul’s teacher talks have been a public affair

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, February 15, 2014 – The St. Paul district and teachers union negotiating teams have huddled behind closed doors in increasingly tense contract talks. But some of the most important conversations may have played out outside the bargaining room, where the two sides have curried public support and enlisted allies. Long before raising […]

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St. Paul teachers not alone; 144 Minnesota schools still negotiating contracts

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, February 14, 2014 – St. Paul Public Schools is not the only Minnesota school district struggling to complete a new contract with its teachers union. Eight months after most contracts expired, 144 of districts, or 44 percent, are still negotiating with their unions, according to Education Minnesota and the state school boards […]

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Minneapolis schools propose reforms to boost student achievement

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, May 13, 2013 – Educators want to give Minneapolis Public Schools more autonomy on budgets, hiring and schedules. Moving away from centralized district decision-making means schools would operate more like the charter schools that have increasingly become their competition. The plan is expected to boost student performance by giving individual schools […]

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The Plight of Teachers’ Unions

Arthur Levine, Education Week, May 7, 2013 – In late March, Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, attacked Mayor Rahm Emanuel for undermining the city’s schools with a plan to close more than 50 underutilized schools. Earlier this year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York blamed the local teachers’ union for the […]

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St. Paul finds way to retain talented, less-experienced teachers during layoffs

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 4, 2013 – Of all the controversies that have polarized teachers, their unions and education reformers in recent years, none has been so thorny as debate over the role seniority should play in teacher layoffs. On the one side, reformers argue that as budgets shrink the status quo has forced school leaders to keep […]

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Minnesota educators, policymakers train keen eye on Chicago strike: What’s it all about?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 12, 2012 – Since 6:30 Monday morning, when Chicago’s 26,000 unionized public school teachers began walking picket lines outside the city’s 675 schools, the public has been told that the work stoppage marks a watershed moment for schools everywhere. Yet neither side has been able to articulate a crisp response to the […]

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Labor contracts might not continue after expiration

Nick Busse, Session Daily, March 29, 2012 – When union contracts expire in the public sector, the contract terms continue in effect. In practice, this can result in employees getting automatic wage or benefit increases even while their unions and employers are negotiating the terms of the next contract. On a vote of 68-63, the […]

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Good riddance to one-sided school penalties

Pioneer Press Editorial, March 28, 2012 – In recent years, Minnesota school districts alone have borne the responsibility – and paid the price for failing – to wrap up teacher negotiations in a timely manner. In Minneapolis in 2010, for example, the school district paid an $800,000 fine for failing to reach an agreement with […]

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Minnesota: Deadlines for teacher contracts a point of debate

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2012 – When South St. Paul school board members vote Monday, March 26, on whether to give teachers a new two-year contract, they’ll be doing so months later than in past years. This is no typical year. Lawmakers did away with the previous Jan. 15 deadline in 2011. Now, […]

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