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Minneapolis School Board to consider a resolution to cut ties with Minneapolis Police Department

The board will discuss the resolution on June 2.

The Minneapolis School Board will consider a resolution to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department following George Floyd's death. 

In a series of tweets from Josh Pauly, a member of the Minneapolis School Board, he said he's written a resolution with the support of Chair Kim Ellison and Director Siad Ali that terminates the district's contract with the Minneapolis Police Department, ceases future negotiations with the department and directs the superintendent and his staff to devise an alternative plan to better serve students.  

Pauly says the resolution will be brought to the full board on June 2, noting the district "cannot align itself with MPD and claim to fight institutional racism."

The Minneapolis School Board is holding a special business meeting June 2 to consider the resolution. It's the only item on the agenda for the meeting that starts at 5 p.m. It will be held electronically due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We cannot partner with organizations that do not see the humanity in our students. We cannot be neutral in situations of injustice," he tweeted.

Minneapolis Public Schools has partnered with the Minneapolis Police Department for its school resource officers (SRO) since the 1960s and has had a formal contract with the department since 1980, a 2017 district document shows. In 2017, following concerns over criminalizing student behavior, especially among African American students, the number of SROs in schools was reduced by two and the district made changes to the contract with the department. 

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Ed Graff wrote a letter to the school community Friday, acknowledging the range of emotions students and staff are feeling in the wake of George Floyd's death, sharing resources for students who may be struggling. 

Graff also mentioned the role the district and other systems have historically played in the "disenfranchisement of many in our community," writing:

"We will do more to teach history that is inclusive, and nuanced, and told from multiple perspectives. We will ensure our policies and practices don’t perpetuate harm, especially to children of color and American Indian students. And we will continue our work to ensure that our staff, our curriculum, and our instruction are reflective of – and meet the needs of – all the children we serve.

"No one might have predicted that this is where we would find ourselves as our school year comes to an end. But I know that as a school community we are a resilient people and we will find a way through this together for the good of our future, for the good of the children."

Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department

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