Mann for School Board
Open Letter to Julian Bond re: Minneapolis NAACP branch
Subj: Open Letter to Julian Bond re: Minneapolis NAACP branch
Date: 3/9/2005 11:06:50 PM Central Standard Time
And Appendix: Letter date June 30, 2003 from Evelyn Eubanks, Resigned chair of The Parent Information Centers Commission, to Barbara Zohn MN Department of Education, PIC project manager
March 9, 2005
From: Doug Mann,
NAACP life member
Executive Committee member-at-large, Minneapolis NAACP Branch
Chair, National Board of Directors, NAACP
During the week ending February 19, 2005 I became aware that officers of the Minneapolis NAACP branch had failed to report to the branch Executive Committee findings of a management consultant, who reviewed financial books and records of the Minneapolis NAACP Branch and Parent Information Centers. I have since uncovered, and publicly disclosed, evidence of serious misconduct on the part of the branch administrator and others, including efforts to fraudulently obtain a $400,000 state grant contract for the Minneapolis Parent Information Centers, Inc. This information can be found at my web site, www.educationright.com
Background on NAACP Parent Information Centers
In 2000 the NAACP national board approved the settlement of an educational adequacy lawsuit, which stipulated that "The Choice is Yours" program, a limited, one-way city-to-suburb bussing program resolved the problem of students of color being inadequately educated in the Minneapolis Public Schools. The Choice is Yours program is a greatly watered-down version of the choice plan rejected by the branch membership in 1999. The Lawsuit, initiated by the Minneapolis Branch, was filed against the state of MN in 1995.
In 2002 the state of Minnesota offered the NAACP a state grant contract to operate the "NAACP Parent Information Centers," which opened for business in August 2003. The NAACP PIC was authorized to spend up to $400,000 in 2004.
The Minneapolis NAACP branch has also refrained from addressing the educational access gap between black and white students. In Minneapolis Public Schools, teacher turnover is very high and newer teachers are heavily concentrated in most of the district's predominantly black schools. Strong educational programs can't take root in that kind of environment. And the district is making only token efforts to equalize instructor quality.
For a majority of students of color in Minneapolis, school choices have been narrowed to the worst of the district run schools and to charter schools, but not to the better district-run schools that serve predominantly white neighborhoods. And in racially diverse schools, black students tend to be over-represented in classrooms for "low-ability learners."
Please give this matter your full attention
APPENDIX: Letter dated June 30, 2003 from Evelyn Eubanks, Resigned chair of The Parent Information Centers Commission, to Barbara Zohn MN Department of Education, PIC project manager
June 30, 2003
2410 Ferrant Place North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Dear Ms. Zohn,
On June 28, 2003, the General Membership of the Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP voted to return the grant money for the Parent Information Centers due to a lack of oversight of the educational lawsuit and a conflict of interest.
Please be aware that the NAACP Constitution and By-laws do not allow the Branch President or Executive Board to act independently of, or reverse decisions made by, the General Membership in matters such as these. Therefore, any further attempts to collect, retain, or acquire additional revenues for the Parent Information Center by individual members or officers of the Minneapolis Branch without authorization from the General Membership would constitute fraud and intentional dereliction of duty.
Resigned chair of The Parent Information Centers Commission
CC: Paula Edme, NAACP Chief of Field Operations
Julian Bond, President, NAACP National Board of Directors
Kweisi Mfume, President / CEO, National NAACP
Reverend Gil Ford, NAACP Region IV Director
-Doug Mann, King Field