We’re nearing the end of our Minneapolis Public Schools journey. It’s been a lovely, infuriating, hopeful, defeatist, inspiring, maddening experience. Where I was once an unabashed cheerleader, I’m now humbled; slower to sweeping judgments. I envy but don’t share the policy certainty of the tribes at war over the current School Board election — those who lacerate the system for failing minority kids, and gifted kids, hell, any kids; and their antagonists who scream about a corporate, teacher-scapegoating takeover that will worsen whatever ails us now.
David Brauer is a former Journal editor who lives in Kingfield, where he chaired the neighborhood association and farmers market boards. Find him on Twitter @dbrauer.