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Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Union job, good pay, good people, and if you like kids it's great (in 5 reviews)

  • Great pay, helpful staff, comfortable work environments (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very anti-male and anti-white work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor communication and lack of accountability (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "School Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    great group of people to work with
    good benefits
    positive atmosphere

    Cons

    I can't think of a con at this time


  2. "Rewarding work, but with no recognition"

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    Former Employee - Family Learning Childcare Worker
    Former Employee - Family Learning Childcare Worker
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fulfilling work, great families, great coworkers

    Cons

    Burnout, pressure to serve more and more children with fewer resources

  3. Helpful (2)

    "School administration needs to be cleaned out"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great students, excellent teaching staff

    Cons

    Tools put in place to help teachers are used to berate and intimidate probationary teachers. I have seen many excellent caring teachers let go to prevent tenure.
    Terrible insurance benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff well and the benefits would be the best district in the state.


  4. "Associate Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools part-time

    Pros

    Working at Minneapolis Public Schools was very rewarding. The teachers I worked with were excellent at their jobs and easy to work with. Some kids were challenging, but most were a joy. Professional development opportunities in the district were excellent.

    Cons

    Job security is an issue. Positions may be eliminated or changed without any clear rationale. For professional support staff the limited number of hours per week is a definite down side, as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off the entire staff in a department, and then rehiring for the following year. It ruins morale.


  5. "Pulling out the stops and support to balance the budget"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING

    Cons

    They continue to cut support personnel in favor of radical non-ideas that didn't work the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time.
    They've doubled the price on sodas in Davis Center vending machines in order to generate more funds to cover up their failing budget.
    In the Davis Center they allow refrigerators less than 3 years old to sit, unworking.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter what is said, you don't listen and continue on the road to a state-operated-budget


  6. "Stellar Schools"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Minneapolis Public Schools create student focused learning environments for all students in the area. It is truly an amazing district and the staff in Minneapolis Public Schools is outstanding. The two things I am most proud of are how MPS honors and incorporates student diversity and culture in the classroom and the incredible partnerships the district has formed with local arts, business, and wilderness organizations to help supplement the work we do in the classroom and create unique experiences and opportunities for students.

    Cons

    As is true with all public schools, MPS is at the mercy of the state and federal education budget and sometimes cuts cause us to lose good programming and good people.


  7. "If you have passion, go elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union job, good pay, good people, and if you like kids it's great.

    Cons

    Ridiculous expectations that teachers working 16 hours a day can't meet. This is usually due to local school admin though. MPS doesn't seem to regulate or impact how admins run though, so it's a reflection on them, as well. No penalties for schools that become "broken arrows." not following district policies.

    Poor insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. The lowest schools are the lowest, not because they come from poor areas, but because the admins let the kids run wild.

  8. "Bin[lingual Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - No Comments
    Current Employee - No Comments
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Its a great Organization acres the learn and development our children:
    Pros

    It is free for a child to attend a public school. Funding for schools comes through state government.
    Transportation is provided to a public school by a bus system.
    Teachers in public schools are required to have certain credentials due to state funding.
    Public schools may provide many activities for students to become involved in, including clubs, sports, and fine arts, and these are free to students.
    Public schools are often able to provide services for students with disabilities at no cost as a part of the Exceptional Student Education program.

    Cons

    Cons

    Large class sizes often make it difficult for a student to receive one on one assistance.
    With reduction in funding, many programs such as art, PE, and music have been removed from the regular school day, thus limiting a student's involvement in activities outside of core curriculum unless extra curricular activities are pursued.
    In many states now, there are standardized tests that are required and schools are often "graded" based on students' performance on these tests. Therefore, it has been said that teachers must "teach to the test", which often includes math, English, and writing, with less emphasis on history. (This is definitely the case in Florida where I live).
    Public schools have a large number of students, and with a lack of funding, there are often limited numbers of teachers. This can lead to less monitoring of the students, thus a larger number of behavioral issues.
    In a regular education classroom, academically advanced students are often not challenged as well as they could be due to the teacher having to work with all students, and often average or lower students need more work. These more advanced students cannot move ahead until the rest of the class is able to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Very title advancement


  9. "Could be so much more"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the students are amazing, diverse, talented and inspiring.

    Cons

    Leadership goes through changes with every season. Building leadership needs to support their staff who work with these awesome students every day!

    Advice to Management

    Listen more. Truly listen. And learn from those who have been doing this a while instead of treating them like they are going about it wrong. They are not resistant to improvement and, in fact, would like to see it for the right reasons. But they need to be involved.


  10. "MPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work with children and families; dedicated staff and room to grow professionally

    Cons

    Large district- bureaucratic systems led to slow change/innovation


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