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The Minneapolis educator strike stretched into its fourth day Friday. Educators rallied the first three days of the strike but canvassed neighborhoods Friday. The district outlined how the strike would impact the schools calendar as negotiations continued, with both sides more than $100,000,000 apart in their proposals.
Four thousand Minneapolis educators went on strike Tuesday morning after weeks of mediation failed to result in a contract agreement. It marks the first time in more than half a century that Minneapolis teachers have gone on strike.
Minneapolis educators are negotiating for wage gains—particularly for educational support professionals—additional counselors and social workers, and class-size limits.
Minneapolis Public Schools leaders have maintained the district simply does not have the money for what educators want.
In an interview with Sahan Journal, Kim Ellison, the Minneapolis school board chair, said she would meet the educators’ demands if she had the money to do so.
“But I have limited resources,” she said. “So how can I make sure we’re all taking care of everybody, but focusing the limited resources that we have on the students who need it the most?”
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