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DATE: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rachel Hicks  
Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs  

MPS principals approve tentative agreement

MINNEAPOLIS – The union representing principals in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has ratified a two-year agreement that emphasizes the importance of strong school leadership in student achievement and school success. The Minneapolis Board of Education will vote on the tentative agreement at the Tuesday, April 8, board meeting.

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of schools, thanked the negotiating teams for presenting a tentative agreement that is both fair and progressive in moving the staff and school district forward.

“Principal recruitment, retention, development and support are critical in what we are trying to do to accelerate the growth of this school district. Strong schools require strong leaders and this agreement ensures that our principals are well supported,” Johnson said. “Beyond that, this new agreement will help us to retain and recruit the best principals possible for our schools. Our teachers deserve no less. Our students deserve no less. Some of the ways this contract helps to address this is through a competitive salary structure and incentives for early severance notice, allowing us to recruit for vacancies earlier.”

Johnson added that the agreement also builds on the Shift momentum by incentivizing principals to lead high priority schools and Community Partnership Schools, helping to ensure leaders are fairly compensated for the important work at these schools.

Minneapolis Board of Education Chairman Richard Mammen added that the tentative agreement reflects MPS’ commitment to supporting principals.

“The school board recognizes that principal leadership is essential to school and student success,” Mammen said. “We are grateful to the Principals' Forum for ratifying a responsible agreement that ensures stable, collaborative and accountable leadership in all of our schools. We join them in building a strong future for all Minneapolis students.”

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