Mann for School Board
The Jennings Administration
Minneapolis School Superintendent quits, school board promises search
The Minneapolis Board of Education picked David Jennings, a former legislator and corporate exec as the new superintendent without a search process. Jennings was the district's Chief Operating Officer, a position created for him 2 years ago. Jennings broke off negotiations and announced that he will not accept the job of superintendent on a permanent basis due to protests. The Star-Tribune blamed a "small but vocal" group of "self appointed" black leaders.
by Doug Mann, 12 October 2003
Jennings will stay on as MPS school superintendent, at least temporarily
by Doug Mann, 15 October 2003
By Doug Mann, 16 October 2003
[Post to the mpls issues list] In the Sunday Star-Tribune, editor Jim Boyd complained about "reverse racism" as a factor in motivating opposition to the Jennings appointment. But the Star-Tribune has never complained about "reverse racism" when it served to stifle dissent and paralyze opposition to the status quo.
By Doug Mann, 17 October 2003
City Pages education beat reporter, Britt Robson, makes race THE issue in his article "white meat." -- Give that man a job at the Strib!
Originally posted at mpls issues list as reply to Re: Spin Control on Jennings withdrawal
by Doug Mann, 18 October 2003
by Doug Mann, October 29, 2003
I suspect that the school board authorized Jennings to withhold step and lane pay increases from teachers as a bargaining ploy to pressure teachers to accept the district's "pay for performance" scheme...
Why Minneapolis School Leaders Need to Listen to Public Input and why
Reverse Racism is NOT the issue!
These articles [are] by Doug Mann, with editing for clarity and length by Dr. Vinny.
PART I -- Reverse Racism is Not the Issue!
The coalition of groups and individuals that came together in opposition to the
appointment of David Jennings is calling for "...a more open process that includes input from the community..." [Jennings Withdraws, Insight News, October 15, 2003]
5th Congressional District Green Party Steering Committee
Friday, November 21, 2003
The open letter states, in part "Notwithstanding any closed proceedings required by laws such as the Data Privacy Act, we ask that you utilize transparent communications and open meetings -- with opportunities for public comment -- in all matters leading up to the selection of the next Superintendent. We believe that in so doing, the Board will be able to regain a great deal of the public trust that many feel was lost after the selection of Mr. Jennings."