Background: This week, the Minneapolis school board is going through the final stages of its search for a new superintendent for the Minneapolis schools. They are set to select someone officially at a Special School Board Meeting on Monday December 7, from 5:15-6:45 PM at the Davis Center (open to the public). There are three finalists for the position: Michael Goar, Charles Foust, and Sergio Paez, and they are all less than qualified for the position and have alarming ties to the business-driven reform model.
Michael Goar has funneled close to $2 million district dollars to out-of-state companies run by his friend and business associate, John J-H Kim (District Mgmt Council, or DMC). This has led to upheavals for MPS families and staff, not to mention the loss of valuable resources. Goar has never been a teacher or a principal. In fact, he has never worked in a school. Goar has an abysmal track record from his last ten months as Interim Superintendent. Examples: Davis Ctr upheaval, lack of a balanced budget, Reading Horizons...the list goes on.
Sergio Paez is also affiliated with Kim and the DMC. He was in fact a keynote speaker at DMC’s 2015 Superintendent Strategy Summit. Paez instituted a “data walls” policy while superintendent of the Holyoke schools. This policy told teachers to publicly display students names and test scores--even for kindergarteners. When teachers and parents protested, Paez denied issuing this policy. This broke trust with teachers and parents. He had Holyoke teacher, Gus Morales, removed from his position, and tried to block him from being on school property.
Charles Foust has expressed pride in working for a “Broad” district (Houston, TX). Broad is a foundation, started by billionaire Eli Broad, that supports top-down, “transformational,” business reform efforts for public education. His district even won the “Broad Prize” in 2013, and is saturated with market-based reform. (But, the district has a high suspension rate). Foust has worked primarily in “turnaround” schools, where drastic measures are taken to improve “results” for so-called “failing” schools. Example: In Houston, Foust came to a school and promptly fired 35 teachers. He told parents at the 12/2 Webster School question and answer session that there is “no research” that says class size matters.
TAKE ACTION TO DEMAND THAT THE MPS SCHOOL BOARD RESTART THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS! First, simply sign this petition. Second, join us at the Special School Board Meeting on Monday December 7, from 5:15-6:45 PM at the Davis Center (1250 W Broadway) to present the petition. Thank you for standing up for yourself and all MPS students, staff, and families.