Teachers weigh in on education policy

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September 24, 2012 // UPDATED 9:17 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Jeremy Zoss & Sarah McKenzie & Dylan Thomas
Jeremy Zoss & Sarah McKenzie & Dylan Thomas

Classroom teachers with decades of combined experience in Minneapolis Public Schools will share their perspectives on education reform efforts during “Chalk Talk: Teachers ‘Take’ on Education Policy” 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Oct. 4 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave.

The panelists will attempt to explain how education initiatives developed at the federal, state and local levels impact day-to- day learning in the classroom. They include: Susan Bell, a 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist who retired in 2010 after 38 years of teaching; James Kindle, an English language learner teacher at Anne Sullivan Communication Center; and Jim Barnhill, a South High School special education teacher who serves on the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers execu- tive board.

The League of Women Voters plans to post a video of the discussion on its website, lwvmpls.org, after the event.