This article provides a glimpse into the Minneapolis school system’s crony-laden system:

House Majority Leader Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) is doing his own inquiry into how the Minneapolis Public Schools spends it money after reading this Star Tribune report. The story revealed Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s decision to award $270,000 in retroactive raises to central office administrators at the same time the district cut more than 100 jobs including 52 teaching positions.

“A lot of people were concerned about this,” said Jodi Boyne, director of public affairs for the GOP Caucus. “We want to make sure this money is being spent on education.”

The next time EdMinn whines about how badly underfunded schools are, they’d better be prepared to get this story thrown in their face. Giving raises to admininstrators when money is tight is bad enough. Giving $270,000 worth of retroactive raises to central office admininstrators isn’t justifiable.

Here’s the salutation and first paragraph from House Majority Leader Matt Dean’s letter:

Dear Superintendent Johnson:

This is a formal request under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, for access to inspect all memos, documents, files and e-mails in your and/or the department’s posession related to the recent pay increase for the central office administrators in the Minneapolis School District.

Majority Leader Dean wrote that letter on July 26th. It’s 55 days later and he still hasn’t gotten the information he’s requested:

Six weeks later, he has not received all the information.

Apparently, Ms. Johnson’s administration hasn’t put a high priority on locating these documents, much less getting them into Majority Leader Dean’s hands. That raises another question.

If these administrators got $270,000 worth of raises, shouldn’t they be able to pull together the documentation where their raises were justified? If they can’t pull this documentation together, doesn’t that indicate that these raises weren’t justified? If they’re refusing to pull this documentation together, doesn’t that indicate that their raises weren’t justified because they’re too corrupt?

At minimum, this kerfuffle suggests that there’s too much cronyism in the Minneapolis school system. Whether the central office is corrupt, filled with political cronies or is inept, these raises aren’t justified. They should be rescinded by the Legislature ASAP.

Let’s hope that Majority Leader Dean’s actions trigger a reaction from the parents whose children are getting ripped off.

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4 Responses to “Is the Minneapolis school system underfunded?”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary I wonder where the school board is on this? I mean if the Super does this raise doesn’t the school board whose job it is to help the children (after all these are all DFL endorsed candidates) suppose to review it and here’s a novel concept vote it down!

    Aren’t any members of the school board caring about this?

    Of course as a Minneapolis resident I know the sad truth.

    No DFL school board member cares.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Walter, It’s unthinkable to think that the school board doesn’t care but that’s apparently the truth. I’d love getting Rex Newman’s, Matt Abe’s, Sheila Kihne’s & Mitch Berg’s take on this.

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