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Saint Paul Public Schools Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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  • constant turnover, especially within special education administration (in 2 reviews)

  • Large class sizes and not enough support (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The students and families in St. Paul are wonderful. This is a city with families from all over the world including Burma, Thailand, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, and Somalia. We are very lucky as teachers to have multilingual students in our classrooms with parents who highly value education. It is a privilege to work here!

    Cons

    I highly recommend the Spanish, Hmong, French, and Mandarin language immersion schools in this district.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate the assets that our multilingual students bring into the schools!


  2. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Higher pay than other districts

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Teacher Assistant don’t get enough support

  3. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay for K-12 education and the teachers at my building were all close knit and wonderfully supportive. It can be really rewarding to see kids have a breakthrough and achieve goals.

    Cons

    The tenure process is a matter of luck. It depends on if you get someone who understands your content area or not.

    Working with the students can be very draining. It’s not their fault but some of them know nothing other than manipulation and resistance towards authority.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better between departments. It’s not fair for a new teacher to hear 10 different things from 10 different leaders and have to guess which one is right.


  4. "Good Salary, Rough Schools"

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

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits were very competitive.

    Cons

    Large class sizes and not enough support


  5. "Large organization, lots of politics."

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    Former Employee - Technology Services Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Technology Services Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Everything is at scale, lots of opportunities. The diversity is a huge bonus. Great vacation and benefits are good, especially for families.

    Cons

    Tough to get work done sometimes. Plan on spending a lot of time fire fighting and duplicating efforts. Many layers of management causes information to be repeated.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees


  6. "SPPS Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coaching, great principals and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits are not the best.


  7. "Loved the kids, training for paras could be more standardized"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union membership for paraprofessionals, part time hours, teachers were on the same page with discipline procedures for the most part, the kids were great.

    Cons

    I was hired a week late and didn't receive proper training/info on specific students behavioral considerations.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that if someone is a late hire, that they are trained in the same way as the other staff, and informed about 504 plans for current students to ensure compliance.

  8. "Accountant 4"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school district provides great benefits. They also provide great pay.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional, racists work environment. Budget issues. Absentee CFO / manager.


  9. "TA 1 Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Union Job (good benefits)
    -No Summers

    Cons

    -No work in the summer
    -Low paying for the work you do
    -No training


  10. "Big district with big needs."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SPPS has dedicated teachers with a passion for student learning. They have competitive pay, a strong union, and a solid teacher development program. And of course, there are so many wonderful students in St. Paul!

    Cons

    There are a lot of students with very high needs in SPPS and limited resources to address those needs. Special education programming and counseling isn't what it needs to be yet.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers.


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