Corrupt and bullying administrators
teacher (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – July 9, 2018
The best things about MPS are the children, their families, and dedicated, talented educators and building staff. But this district has the worst induction process and so many unethical, incompetent school administrators who engage in organized bullying of staff. District mentors meant to support teachers often have little experience teaching subjects they observe, and just abuse the observation criteria (SOEI) to crush new teachers,especially those seeking to change the status quo for the better. Building leadership in the worst schools fails to support teachers and students in any meaningful way. Classrooms are packed, there is no curriculum for some grade levels/subjects, most of the schools are not safe, not kind, not innovative, and many have very low expectations for all students, especially students of color. Despite all this, the majority of educators here are very talented and dedicated, and they find the failure of MPS heartbreaking, because they are working so hard on behalf of students and just trying to support each other. But you can see why charters have been so successful at enticing families away. It's not right that no one has held MPS accountable. Check out the news story about its enrollment director (Jan. 18) who has a side business of his own referring families to charter schools. Just super. Don't start your teaching career here. Don't send your child here.
great colleagues, great students, great families
bullying leaders, inadequate resources, low expectations for students