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Minneapolis Public Schools returns to post-Labor Day start

The Minneapolis Board of Education has approved proposed calendars for school years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, returning Minneapolis Public Schools to starting school after Labor Day. In addition, the calendars maintain a two-week winter break and weeklong spring break.

Last Day for MPS Students to be June 7

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make this school year’s last day for students Friday, June 7, 2019. 

Minneapolis Board of Education unanimously approves November referendum

Citing a multifaceted effort to bring fiscal stability to Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Minneapolis Board of Education tonight unanimously approved placing two referendum questions on the November 2018 ballot that would increase operating revenue for the school district by $30 million.

Don't make us plead... come hear students read!
It’s a fact that kids who read grow up to succeed, because reading is the foundation of all learning. Whether you’re trying to figure out which bus to catch, what note comes next in the song you’re playing, how x is related to y (and why that matters) or getting an update on social media, you have to be able to read.
 
MPS students are hungry for healthy competition

If you can’t stand the heat, you better not get near this kitchen! In the fourth annual Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Junior Iron Chef competition, eight middle school students and four of Minneapolis’ hottest chefs will team up to compete for the title of Junior Iron Chef.

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Minneapolis Public Schools teachers vote to accept contract
A 2017-19 contract agreement between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) was approved by MFT members on April 6. The MFT announced members voted to approve the contract tentatively agreed upon on March 12 by its negotiating team.
Tentative contract agreement announced by Minneapolis Public Schools and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers

A tentative 2017-19 contract agreement has been reached between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) negotiations teams. MFT represents the district’s approximately 3,500 teachers. Details of the tentative agreement will be shared publicly if and when the MFT membership ratifies the contract on March 30.

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Inclusive Schools Week

Not long ago, many children were excluded from classrooms – left out due to race, language, economic status, or mental or physical challenges. In the past 20 years, our schools have worked toward access for ALL to public education. 

MPS Safety, Security and Student Walkouts

Across the nation and here in Minneapolis, students have been especially active in speaking out on the issue of school safety, and have organized a number of activities in response to the shooting. I am encouraged that MPS students who have chosen to participate in these activities, which have included walk-outs, have done so peacefully. (Read more...)

Statement on March 14 incident near Southwest High School

State law limits the information that can be shared regarding Minnesota students, so Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is prohibited from sharing details of the brief fight that occurred on March 14 across the street and off school property. MPS does not condone fighting or disrespectful behavior. When it happens, we follow the same behavior and safety guidelines for all students involved. (Click to read the full statement.)

Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 8

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make the last day of school for students Friday, June 8, 2018. 

Minneapolis Board of Education announces Benjamin Jaeger as new Student Representative

The Minneapolis Board of Education has announced Roosevelt High School junior Benjamin “Ben” Jaeger will serve as the next Student Representative. 

Statement from Minneapolis Public Schools on Student Walkouts

The Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida made an impact on people throughout our country. While we have policies in place to keep our students as safe as possible, many people are wondering what else can be done. Across the nation, students have been especially active in speaking out on this issue, and they have organized a number of activities in response to the shooting. (Read more...)

Minneapolis Board of Education elects new leadership

The Minneapolis Board of Education has chosen its officers for 2018.

Minneapolis Public Schools, including district offices, closed on Monday, March 5

Minneapolis Public Schools will be closed on Monday, March 5, due to forecasted weather conditions. The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snowfall rates and accumulation of 6-8 inches, with the heaviest period being from noon–6 p.m. and likely to significantly impact commutes.

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Still in High School, but Making Commissioned Art

The Minneapolis Foundation teamed up with MPS on Co-Mission, a program that gives students a chance to create commissioned artwork.

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MPS Takes Active Steps to Reduce Costs

Effective immediately, we have implemented hiring restrictions and travel guidelines. 

Minneapolis Public Schools supports dreamers
Statement from Superintendent Graff on today’s announcement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Superintendent Ed Graff released a statement regarding today’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:
 
"Today I know that many MPS employees, students and families are experiencing fear, uncertainty, anger and disappointment. Please know you continue to have the support of MPS as the implications of today’s announcement unfold. Please know you can come to work or school tomorrow and receive the same support and educational services that you did before this decision was announced. We continue to believe the words of our Board of Education, which stated in January that the role of a school district is not to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate students and we can only do that if our students and employees feel safe..." Read more.
 
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Learn about athletics programs for 2017-18

There will be some changes to MPS athletics next year. Learn more about athletics programs for the 2017-18 school year.

MPS spotlights early literacy with new curricula

For the first time in nearly a decade, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will have Pre-K–5 standards-based literacy curricula. Tonight, the Minneapolis Board of Education approved adopting Houghton-Mifflin curriculum for pre-kindergarten students and Benchmark Education Company curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade students. 

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Minneapolis Board of Education affirms district as a safe haven

In a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis Board of Education declared Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. The resolution passed by the Board strengthens existing MPS policies and practices.

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Statement from Superintendent Ed Graff in support of immigrant students and families in MPS

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff today issued a statement in support of immigrant students and families in MPS.

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Water safety in Minneapolis Public Schools

Want the facts on water safety at MPS? Find the information you need here.

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Minneapolis Public Schools supports transgender students and staff

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff today issued the following statement about the District’s support for transgender students and staff.