Help Fight Racist K-2 Curriculum and School Discipline in MPS

Join educators, students, and community in attending the next MPS School Board Meeting to let MPS know that we will not tolerate, I. racist curricula, or II. racist school discipline practices. 

Tuesday, September 8th

5:30pm

Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

I. Info on racist K-2 curriculum in MPS

During professional development prior to school starting, educators became aware of new, and offensive, racist, K-2 literacy curriculum purchased by MPS from a company called Reading Horizons for $1.2 million. Sign the petition against it. Here is an an example image from the curriculum. Note that Minneapolis recently changed “Columbus Day” to Indigenous People’s Day in response to calls to acknowledge the violent falsity of the widely-told American origin story:

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Read these in-depth, investigative pieces for more information on the controversy:

Pt. 1: Phonics or indoctrination? Minneapolis teacher training takes a step backwards, by Sarah Lahm, 8/25/15,  in Bright Lights, Small City

Pt. 2: Cashing in on the “achievement gap”: Reading Horizons contract with Minneapolis reportedly worth $1.2 million, by Sarah Lahm, 8/26/15, in Bright Lights, Small City

II. Info on ISAIAH’s School Board Action

“Join ISAIAH on September 8th, 5:30pm, at the Davis Center (1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis) to call on the Minneapolis Public School board to #EndSuspensionsfor our youngest children.”

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See you at the school board meeting on September 8th!

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Young Activists Summit planning, Tabling, & More!

Dear students, parents and caregivers, educators, and community members,
 
Young Activists Summit:
Are you a young person (roughly college-aged or younger) or a person who works with young people? Consider attending our upcoming proposal writing workshop and Young Activists Summit brainstorm where you can connect with fair organizers, other youth and youth workers, and help make the Fair an important space for growing a strong network of young activists and scholars!
 
Thursday, Sept. 3rd
5:00pm-7:30pm
At YouthPrise
615 1st Ave NE #125, Minneapolis, MN 55413
*Dinner and childcare provided 
 
Send us an email if you’d like more information about the event – tcedfair@gmail.com or call  (612) 787-2272
 
We are working to ensure that, this year, tablers will have maximum exposure to Fair attendees (to give you an idea, last year we had more than 500 participants). Please fill out this form to request a table for your group or organization. Let us know if you have any special needs, and we’ll try to help!
 
Please don’t forget to submit a workshop – proposals are due on Friday, September 4th!
Interested in getting involved in the fair in other ways too?
We are especially looking for help with interpretation and translation to make the fair an inclusive, accessible space. Please let us know if you can help with interpretation in a commonly spoken language in the Twin Cities (especially Spanish, Somali, and Hmong) or know someone who can.
 
Look out next week for announcements about location, registration, and more!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Organizing Committee