We have been advised that each of the major MPS unions screened several African American candidates for the school board including current School Board member T. Williams and new candidate Chanda Baker. I know for certain those two African Americans screened. Only Chanda Baker received the SEIU endorsement
While I cannot speak for the qualifications of all the African American candidates I find it impossible to understand why only (SEIU) could identify a single qualified African American that they could endorse.
Selected applicants are educators who aspire to obtain school principal positions after completion of the professional development program. Minneapolis Public Schools received 47 applications this year.
Minneapolis mother, educator seeks at-large seat on MPS
The race for Minneapolis Board of Education heats up in the wake of numerous changes, not only in elected members, but in the overall structure of the board itself. This November, Minneapolis residents will elect five members to the board of Education and four in 2012.
Due to a referendum in 2008 enacted by voters, election districts will be based on existing districts for the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board eventually increasing the size of the board from seven to nine members by 2013.
With the announcements from thee current board members, including Tom Madden, Chris Steward and Pam Costain, that they will not be seeking re-election, there’s a flurry of interest in the seats up for grabs, with six candidates vying for the two At-large seats alone.
Chanda Smith Baker is one of them.
We were able to catch up with Chanda to get her perspective on the race and why she’s running.
It all began with a personal revelation. “I have grandkids. And I realized we were losing them because they were watching too much TV. Not only that but they are into these different electronic games. I thought: ‘If I am having problems with my grandkids I know people must be having problems with their children and their grandchildren.’ I really almost stumbled upon writing the book,” said the author.
The goal of the project was to help students know authors, see themselves as authors and become authors. Each grade level worked on poetry and writing with a single author or artist for five or more days during the school year. Through classroom visits, artists taught students about the writing process and gave them a look into a writer’s mind. All students in grades Pre-K through five produced written work.At Arts Extravaganza Day, students will present readings, performances and illustrations. Authors scheduled to read from their work include John Coy, Susan Marie Swanson, Joyce Sidman and Marie Olofsdotter, who will appear with a four foot tall puppet of her character Sofia.