"Clubby" provincial administrators at district and site levels; disrespectful unhealthy political environment
Pros: compensation isn't bad
Cons: poor, political, clubby administration
I have been teaching for St. Paul Schools for 5 years. At the end of this year, I will leave to teach overseas. I have taught for 7 different districts/organizations in different countries and cities in the U.S. Of all of the districts, St. Paul Public Schools is the most dysfunctional in the sense that admin is really a "good ol'boys/girls" club made up of St. Paul locals and lifers, most of whom grew up in St.Paul (most have never lived anywhere else), are very provincial and watch each others' backs at the expense of children. If a teacher (especially a non-entrenched teacher) has an issue with admin., the Workforce Manager (not a teacher) will come with the assumption that the teacher is wrong and do anything in her power to try to "stick it to the teacher" (even though the teacher may have been doing an excellent job as demonstrated by test scores and reviews), in the case that there is an issue with the principal, even if the principal is not acting in the best interest of students. This is a district that bends over backwards to support even the most despicable principals, but that has not respect for teachers who have made a difference for children. It is no coincidence that the positive reviews were not written by teachers, and in one case written by a temporary clerk who was with the district for a short time. The teachers in this district are too provinical, too poorly traveled and too clubby to close the achievement gap in any significant way. I do not recommend this organization for teachers, students or families.