EduShyster has already written excitedly about Minneapolis School Board candidate and young rephormer Josh Riemnitz. Now at the urging of some of my Premium members in the Twin-Cities I’m revisiting what insiders are calling the “erase for the phuture of the Minneapolis Public Schools.” Full disclosure: EduShyster has only been to Minneapolis once—AND IT WAS TOO COLD TO GO OUTSIDE. But just because one knows virtually nothing about a city shouldn’t prevent one from taking sides in a race (or using the pretentious “one” more than once in a sentence). You see reader, education rephorm is pretty much the same these days, in whichever of the phifty states one finds oneself.
Alas, it turns out that EduShyster is not the only relative stranger to the Twin Cities. Young master Riemnitz moved to Minneapolis just last May, which is why he has been forced to raise SEVEN TIMES as much as his opponent. Here’s how the Star Tribune put it:
Reimnitz and his supporters said he needed to raise a large amount because he’s young, moved to the district in May and lacks Wycoff’s long track record as a community volunteer.
Thankfully there have been plenty of rephorm supporters standing at the ready, checkbooks in hand. A quick glance at this breakdown of Reimnitz campaign contributors reveals that most of his contributions have come from local residents making small donations out-of-state “advocacy” groups, TFA phans and business interests ponying up the largest allowable contributions.
Money can’t buy u luv though, and in recent days young Josh has found himself dealing with a whole lot of “hoopla,” as he describes it, over a statement he made in which he appears to support using public money for private schools:
My campaign recently learned that voters in district four are receiving phone calls and a mailer saying I support using public funds for private schools. To be clear: I do not and have not ever supported vouchers or public money going to private schools. Six months ago, I was asked if I believed private schools should receive public funds. I mistakenly thought I was being asked whether charter schools should receive public funds and said yes. This unfortunate misstatement on my part has been used to create the current hoopla.
If I were advising Master Reimnitz, I might have suggested that he invite a group of young minority students to join him in a game of Hoopla, thus demonstrating once and for all his commitment to closing the achievement gap. Does his opponent even know how to play Hoopla??? Josh went in another direction though, releasing this adorable video in which he appeals to voters to “vote for me maybe.”
Awwww! Even if the current “hoopla” derails Josh’s bid to bring some much-needed ¢hange to the Minneapolis Public Schools, excellence and innovation have already taken root in the Twin Cities. The city recently brought in education experts McKinsey and Company to assess how to make the schools more excellent. Among McKinsey’s suggestions: cut “high costs” such as teacher health care, and convert the 25 percent of schools that scored the lowest on standardized tests to charters…
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to my second-ever visit to Minneapolis where readers have promised to ply me with muchas cervezas.
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