Policy Makeover

Let's get technical

What's the problem?

The School Board’s current Policy Manual is from an archaic time. In fact, we can’t tell if we are in compliance of our own policies!

It’s based on a manual that Minneapolis Public Schools bought in the 1960s; it is redundant, virtually impossible to monitor and as a result is largely neglected. It also makes it easy for individual Board members to put their special interests ahead of Board priorities.

That is unacceptable.

Solutions? 

I have led the charge and with the help of fellow Board Members on the Policy Committee have dedicated the past year to changing this. We have written a new Policy Manual that will pass in committee and come to a Board vote this December. 

Great, what does it do?

It allows us to spend our time working to provide better schools for students and not jumping through arbitrary, untrackable hoops. The New Manual will make sure we are focusing on student outcomes. The board will govern through establishing a vision with the superintendent and community (students, families, partners) and then allow the superintendent to run our organization to get there while the board sets the boundaries, monitors progress, and assists as needed. The board needs to be ready to blaze trails and stand up for our schools as opposed to being worried about getting re-elected or upsetting a small group of people.

What's next? 

Implement the New Policy Manual.

We have a system that doesn’t work for all our students, I have worked tirelessly to fix that. We are on the eve of a shift when it comes to School Board function with our new Policy Manual and I will continue working to better schools for our kids. Now that we are getting rid of the old, broken system, we can begin to make real changes.

I'm willing to shift funds and budgets— I'm willing to do what we need for better academic programs. We cannot fix our schools with small changes, we need systemic corrections.

  • Equity—close the opportunity gap
  • Student Outcomes—increase academic rigor
  • Comprehensive Curriculum—elevate the arts
  • Focused Governing—align resources proactively