Educators say they hope a deal is near in Minneapolis strike – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Friday marked the ninth day without school in Minneapolis. Educators say they hope they can reach an agreement as we approach the end of the second week of the strike.

Teachers gathered outside the Governor’s residence, using words of promise as they spoke of the ongoing mediation. This is the first real move we have heard from the bargaining team.

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They gathered in St. Paul because they say they want public education to be better funded by the state, saying the budget surplus could be used to fund education. They also say Minneapolis schools are Minnesota schools and what happens with their contract impacts the state.

The educators’ strike demands among other things higher wages and better benefits, support for educators of color, more mental health services for students.

Two teachers we spoke to say they are hopeful after hearing a message from the bargaining team this morning that said they were ready to make a deal.

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“I’m ready to go back to school on Monday, so I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed right now in hopes that we can figure it out so we can keep learning,” said Lei Washington of Howe Elementary.

“I think we have an amazing negotiating team that we can all trust in what they’re doing for us at the table,” said Jill Loesch of Green Central.

Jill says she’s been in touch with educators nationwide and many are watching to see what’s going on here.

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Minneapolis Public Schools told WCCO, “MPS and MFT are working together to find a solution and intend to share more information as soon as possible.”

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