Minneapolis Schools

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Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson
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    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 for 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
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    Lots of Politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Can be great if you know the right people

    Cons

    Almost no growth potential; you've got to be related to someone or someone's best friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they aren't really management's more or less all family, goes to the same church, or all part of silent fraternity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 for 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disheartening....for a district that serves so many diverse students, many staff members at MPS seem to be racist.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    The students, certain staff, and the Superintendent

    Cons

    Many employees are stuck in the past....they have a mantra 'we have always done it this way' and are slow and resistant to change.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Balanced work and personal life.

    Cons

    The health benefits for family is very expensive and increasing every year. The salary range is very low compared to other public or private sector. There is no bonus system. There is no appreciation or recognition to hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT jobs should be treated differently.In order to retain staff should consider bonus system and appreciate work.The pay should be at par with the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    High Schools are where it's at!

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    Former Employee - Sea  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    weekends, holidays and summer off.

    Cons

    Summer off! Gotta bid for work in summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    very good overall; victim of academic push-down in early ed; testing/assess't negatively impacts time to teach students

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mpls offers FT teaching contracts to ECE licensed teachers

    Cons

    A long stretch of lean budget years have forced principals to eliminate support staff in early elementary classes (paras), while class sizes have increased to 25+ students

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Principal

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    Current Employee - Principal  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for growth in the organization

    Cons

    Stressful at times due to political pressures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Way too interested in avoiding litigation, not at all interested in helping students learn

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    Current Employee - Sea  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an SEA, I get benefits. Personally this doesn't really apply since I'm younger than 26 and still under my parent's insurance, but most school districts in MN don't extend benefits to classroom support personnel. Also, I hear that compared to other school districts, we get paid pretty well. People I work with day to day (e.g. other staff and administration, not district personnel) are really nice and try to help you to the extent they can.

    Cons

    District personnel aren't very helpful or responsive. New employee orientation was great, but it was also held 2 months before my start date so I didn't remember everything when I started and the district never responded to my phone calls and responded to my emails only after several weeks. The school makes you work out of your job description (i.e. I used to work in IT so I solve a lot of IT issues, which I don't mind), except the district absolutely will not pay you for that extra work (which I care very much about)... so what you end up with is a whole bunch of employees only interested in helping themselves and not really building a culture. Their policies are ridiculous, especially their internet policy. All the wrong sites are blocked. I can't access sites I need for my class yet I could easily access inappropriate content at school. You can't install anything without the Building IT guy signing off on it. Both of those may seem menial but they make lessons a headache and a half to plan. There is a serious lack of professional development activities that I can actually use to better my students' learning in the classroom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My single biggest complaint is the lack of interest the district takes in its employees. For example, I have my teaching license in Social Studies and theres a student in one of my classes with severe Autism. I don't know how to handle that. What if he has an outburst and starts throwing things? I have no idea what to do. How do I present information so he understands? I have no idea. Are there trainings I can go to to tell me these things? yes. Will the district pay for them? no. Instead, my professional "development" days are dedicated to spending 8 hours getting my CPI card and learning how to fight off an attacking student without getting the district sued. All this time I'm thinking "excuse me? isn't the focus supposed to be on student learning?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting place to work.

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    Current Employee - H R Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - H R Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary ranges are hire than city, state and many county jobs.

    Cons

    Extremely political and interesting work culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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