Moving away from centralized district decision-making means schools would operate more like the charter schools that have increasingly become their competition. The plan is expected to boost student performance by giving individual schools more say on budgets, hiring teachers and how much time students spend in the classroom.
But offering schools more autonomy would require new agreements with the teachers' unions.
Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Bernadeia c announced the proposal Monday morning. A decade ago when Johnson was a principal in the district, she wanted more say in what happened at her school. Johnson is now pitching an effort to give educators what she wanted.
"I felt like I was so locked into what the system felt like I needed to do, there was no way the system could ever understand the specific needs of my classroom teachers or my classroom students," Johnson said.