Teaching and Inquiring About Greed, Equity, and Racism

Funding Our Public Schools

As we seek to ensure every St. Paul child has access to a high quality public education, we are constantly confronting cuts to school and classrooms, district budget shortfalls, and inadequate funding support. Our district and community currently operate in a climate of perpetual worry about how to fund our schools. At the same time, we live in one of the wealthiest states in the wealthiest nation in the world.

We’ve started our Teaching and Inquiring about Greed, Equity, and Racism (TIGER) Team to educate members, parents, students, and community members about how money is being stolen from our schools and from our communities by our state’s largest corporations and wealthiest citizens. The TIGER Team – made up of parents, teachers, and community members – will plans and leads actions for the purpose of reinvesting those dollars to support our schools and promote more a racially equitable community.

Read our report on Where is the Money For Public Education?

Access our presentation here (Updated 5/4/17).

If you’d like us to present to your staff, PTO, book club, church group, etc., email Nick Faber (nick@spft.org).

Teachers for Black Lives

On July 19, 2016, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, along with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) led a march and rally that drew over 1,000 people to downtown Minneapolis. This march protested the killing of St. Paul Public Schools graduate and fellow employee Philando Castile by a police officer earlier that month. Marchers rallied in front of US Bank headquarters to draw attention to the connection between America’s racist system of policing and mass incarceration and the banks and financiers who profit from it. These systems have had a devastating effect on the communities where are students live – and they impact our schools by destabilizing the lives of students and competing for funding that could be spent on our schools.



Materials for Fall staff discussion:

Police Prison and Profits One Pager

Rally Video with interviews


Additional Resources for staff or community discussion:

Highlight video from Rally

To view “Police, Prisons, and Profits” a briefing from Minnesotans for a Fair Economy on the links between US Bank, Wells Fargo, and profits from our criminal justice system, click here.

Minnesotans for Fair Economy report With Friends Like These: How Us Bank and Wells Fargo Harm the St. Paul Public Schools.

Video on where money is going instead of Saint Paul Schools, click here.

Discussion sheet on predatory lending in the Twin Cities area and an accompanying map showing concentrations of subprime loans in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities in Crisis: Unequal Treatments of Communities of Color in Mortgage Lending