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Mann for School Board

Doug Mann for Minneapolis City Council, Ward 8
E-brochure (A print version to be ready by June 1)
Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!
Pro-working class policies for the Minneapolis Public Schools
Demand a quality education for all on an equal basis!

Don't Settle for phony "No Child Left Behind" School Reforms
All of the district-run schools can be good schools
Make a college-bound education accessible to all

We must address the education access gap
by Doug Mann, 11 Feb 2005  (Letter to the Minneapolis NAACP branch)

Amend the Minneapolis school desegregation plan!
by Doug Mann, 11 Feb 2005

Flight from Equality: School reform in the US since 1983
by Doug Mann, a 40 page pamphlet, also published on-line

The Reagan - Bush administration justified a C change in educational policy during the 1980s with an unproven claim about a "rising tide of mediocrity" in much the same way that the Bush administration justified the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq with an unproven claim about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The Coleman Report (Link to University of Washington web site)
By Doug Mann -(Edited by UW Sociology Department). A Selection of comments from an on-line dialogue taking place prior to school board elections in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Assigned reading for Sociology 401 / Service learning program (teacher training in association with the Seattle Public Schools), University of Washington, Spring 2004. The unabridged version can be found here in three parts:
1) School funding and the Coleman Report,
2) The 1966 Coleman Report in its historical context,
3) "A Nation at Risk").
In The Coleman Report, Doug Mann argues that schools (and school policies) have a big effect on learning independent of class, race, culture, and other student background characteristics. Backup copy of The Coleman Report (by Doug Mann) on the Mann for School Board web site.
Minneapolis NAACP Branch Hits the Fan

Open Letter to Julian Bond re: Minnneapolis NAACP branch
By Doug Mann, NAACP life member, Executive Committee member-at-large, Minneapolis NAACP branch, 9 March 2005

Minneapolis NAACP branch treasurer promised "no secrets"
Post to Minneapolis Issues list by Doug Mann, 19  February 2005

Minneapolis NAACP branch president promised to "open the books"
Post to Minneapolis Issues list by Doug Mann, 19  February 2005

Breeding, Overton and Reed must go
Report prepared for (and approved by) the March 17, 2005 Special Meeting
of the Minneapolis NAACP Branch Executive Committee
by Doug Mann, 16 March 2005

Minneapolis NAACP hits the fan
Investigative reports, February 15-March 26, 2005
A faked Minneapolis NAACP branch membership meeting, conflicts of interests,
another rigged election of Minneapolis NAACP branch officers, and a quid pro quo. It appears that the newly installed branch officers struck a bargain through a power-broker, and were not fully informed about the terms of the bargain at the outset. Includes: Anatomy of a Cover-up and
Minneapolis NAACP Parents Information Centers hit the fan

Minneapolis NAACP hits the fan - #2
Minneapolis NAACP branch audit & hidden records, Did the NAACP make an $85,000 loan for investment in grocery stores without an agreement to repay?

MN Dept. of Ed Project Director questioned about NAACP Parent Info Centers at March 25, 2005 informational meeting ***Includes text of 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.*** And: Two letters to from Morgan Brown to Commissioner Yecke & others dated July 10 & 31, 2003

More Coverage see: Minneapolis NAACP
Minneapolis News

Education reforms have been widening the gap
Doug Mann, 24 April 2004, text of message to mpls issues list

In my opinion the local Democratic Party has been making a mess of the Minneapolis Public Schools because the Democratic party, locally and nationally, has been making concessions to, enabling, and increasingly identifying with a right-wing school reform movement supported by the Republican Party at the national level since the early 1980s.
click on link above for full text

Minneapolis school vision still in the distance
By Steve Brandt, 21 April 2004, Star-Tribune

Hey Minneapolis, remember that invitation from the school board to join discussions this month and next on where the city schools ought to be headed? Most of you likely will have to wait until this summer or fall. That's the recommendation of a team of would-be consultants to the district. ..
..."Basically, they don't want any public input," said Doug Mann, a past and current school board candidate who has been critical of board efforts. "I think they're afraid of encountering opposition to the proposals..."

Consultants Urge MPLS Schools to Delay Public Input
by Dr. Vinny, Founder & Publisher,

Dr Vinney notes: "The consultants want to first assemble a 'targeted' (aka "politically connected") group of people to [create] by June a rough draft of what the community thinks the schools ought to be like. That rough draft would be used to interview Superintendent candidates in late May or June...[and later] would be used to start a "broader community discussion" of "values" which could be used to create a "vision" for the Minneapolis Public Schools."

Note by Doug Mann: Meanwhile Superintendent Jennings will be working behind the scenes to amend and repackage his original reorganization / downsizing plan. The consultants will help the superintendent and board of directors to design a guided facilitation process that will: 1) buy them some time,  and 2) validate the course they have already decided to pursue.  

Minneapolis School Closings (open letter)
Superintentent Jennings and school board members,

In her latest Strib Opinion piece, Ms. Johnson [a school board member] praises Mr. Jennings' bold leadership, and implicitly supports his reorganization plan, his proposal to eliminate teacher tenure rights, and the sponsorship of more charter schools, which will help to draw down enrollment in the district's own schools...

Werewolves & Silver Bullets
Is it possible to turn around the Minnespolis Public Schools?
by Doug Mann, 16 April 2004

Green Party St. Paul vs Yecke confirmation
GPSP Education Committee, 23 April 2004
"...It is our conviction that Commissioner Yecke is motivated by a long-range goal of dismantling public education * the very institution her agency is supposed to manage * and replacing it with a privatized system of education in which public funding will be directed to private schools..."

Health workers fight to unionize (link to Spokesman-Recorder)
By: Doug Mann, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Originally posted 12/11/2003 first of a two part story

NLRB curtails Walker Methodistís union-busting practices

In May 2003, employees at Walker Methodist Health Center voted 165 to 105 to be represented by a union, Council 14 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). However, if the management gets its way, that vote won't count, and ballots cast by around 70 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in a separate election on July 30, 2003, will never be counted.

Walker Methodist workers garner wide support (link to Spokesman-Recorder)
By: Doug Mann, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Originally posted 12/17/2003 Conclusion of a two-part story

Employees at Walker Methodist Health Center have been trying to unionize, on and off, for at least a dozen years.

It's About the Public Input, Stupid! (Link to
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]

Green Party Open Letter to the Minneapolis School Board
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."

Socialist Links
MCTC Socialist Club Page
The Socialist Club at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (last update 2002)

MCTC Socialist Club Web site
The web site is under construction, a link will be added here as soon as possible

2001 School board campaign

2001 Primary Election Returns (September 11)
School Board  //  Mayor & City Council

Biography / Qualifications

AFSME Council 6 Questionnaire
(American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees)

Green Party Questionnaire

Response to Questions from South High Students
4 E-mails to South High Students (3 E-mails added 13 September 2001)

What's wrong with the Minneapolis Public Schools?

Urban Schools: Unequal by Design