Minneapolis School Board,
‘Wrap-around services are integral’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — If you talk to parents of Minneapolis Public Schools students, they like their school and their teacher, but they’re concerned about the district’s leadership, says Josh Pauly.
Pauly is running for one of two at large seats on the Minneapolis School Board which are on the November 6 ballot.
A former teacher in the district, Pauly has been endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, SEIU Minnesota State Council and the DFL Party.
For three years ending in 2017, he taught social studies at Sanford Middle School. “My three years of teaching,” he remembers, “we had three different [district] superintendents.”
“When I left teaching,” he says, “a number of people said, ‘you should run for school board.’”
In this year’s school board campaign, Pauly says, “I’m the only candidate who has ever been a teacher. I’m the only candidate who has been a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools. I’m the only candidate who has a Masters in Education.”
“I know that teacher-student ratios matter,” Pauly says. “I know that wrap-around services are integral to supporting our students.”
“Education is not a partisan issue; to me it’s the right thing to do to provide our students with opportunities.”
“I know how access to opportunities can impact achievement,” he says. “I know that too often racial identity, zip code, class or background determines our children’s outcomes. My opportunities changed my life. As a school board member, I’m committed to ensuring that all our schools are high-achieving and equitable for all our students.”
Pauly has followed the Minneapolis School Board, viewing broadcasts of the meetings. “It didn’t seem to be about what’s better for our students,” he says.
Pauly graduated from Champlin Park High School and went on to earn a B.A. in history and a Masters In Education from the University of Minnesota.