Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Good workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    Great boss, but this isn't always the case. People want to help you succeed.

    Cons

    I don't mind this, but sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and get dirty

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    Help kids success, great schedule if you have kids at home

    Cons

    Unless you get a unfair principla there are no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your boss will be the principal or assistant principal of the school you are at. So varies from school to school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Minneapolis Schools teaching

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Union salaries are relatively good once you work your way up; however the salaries are based only on years of teaching experience. If you have professional experience in another field, that counts for nothing. Teachers are represented by a union that advocates and protects the profession. Minneapolis Schools have fairly good technology.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on duties that require an excess of working hours on weekends, evenings, far beyond contractual hours. Teacher observation system is complex and subjective, and there is wide variation between observers, and little reward to teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Many schools are poorly supplied -- teachers buy their own materials in many cases. Hot, old buildings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize teachers for the positive contributions. Spend more money in classrooms, less on administrative (i.e. superintendent credit card purchases on lavish expenses).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good administration is hit or miss

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    High salary, abundant opportunity for professional development. Some schools have good professional culture.

    Cons

    Tough demographic at most schools, ridiculous tenure requirements, 2 out of 3 principals shouldn't be in the positions they're in. The good ones are real gems, however. The size of this government bureaucracy may be surprising to those coming from smaller districts; it's huge. Much of the money that should be going to the classroom is supporting a parasitical district office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the district staff drastically. Monitor your principals more closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Restructuring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    salary, seasoned staff, benefits, students

    Cons

    policies, too much management, not enough leaderships know what is happening in the school buildings. Political agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure faster

  7. Bogged down by bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are first class. Students are marvelous.

    Cons

    No support from administration. Teachers are in danger of losing positions based on false or over-blown accusations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear MPS Administration - you say you value the professionalism of your staff, yet your actions demonstrate the opposite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good for subs.

    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher
    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools as a contractor

    Pros

    Good school system to work in for substitute teachers. Opportunities to connect with schools and get called back as a preferred sub if you do well and find a good fit with a specific class.

    Cons

    Mpls schools can have some classroom management challenges, especially for a sub, but if you come in prepared it usually works out just fine. Incomplete sub plans are always a possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure classes are prepared to treat subs with respect and to expect to get work done, not just watch videos. Recognize good subs and make an effort to build a relationship with them. It's best for you, your school, and your employees.

  9. I enjoyed working for this district.

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    Current Employee - Associate Educator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Educator in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was great and the benefits and various training opportunities were solid. There was a lot of room to grow and learn more about the education field.

    Cons

    It is a challenge working with youth and also having different points of views from your peers. You often find yourself being challenged about your decisions. It was also very unorganized at the school I worked for and there was a lack of accountability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Minneapolis Public Schools - Reserve Teacher

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    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to experience many different educational settings
    Independence to lead lessons and enhance classroom management skills
    New found respect for the issues your substitute teachers encountered

    Cons

    MPS is a big institution so you are often left to carve out the experience with minimal oversight (which is perhaps actually a pro to some like myself)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Very positive

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional teachers, dedicated to teaching students with best research-based methods

    Cons

    Programs are getting cut. Too much emphasis on national testing. No Child Left Behind is a failed law written by people who were not in touch with ways to measure true learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paperwork does not help teach students; it only fulfills state and federal requirements that necessitate hiring government workers to read the paperwork. Needless.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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