A few weeks ago I received a mailer from Chanda Smith Baker, who is running for an at large position on the Minneapolis School Board. The mailer, like her website, touted Baker's endorsements from the labor union SEIU, Stonewall DFL, and something called Women Winning. Not included in the mailer, or on her website, was Baker's vicious attacks on public school teachers and their unions.
Earlier this year Baker, along with Don Samuels and his wife Sondra Samuels penned a poison letter to school teachers in the Star Tribune, filled with slanderous attacks comparing public school teachers to Bull Connor, saying the teachers were responsible for an "endless cycle of poverty and failure" in north Minneapolis. In a bit of projection, Baker asserted that hard-working school teachers are "cynical and morally bankrupt." Her co-author, Don Samuels, says he wants North High School burned to the ground. Baker is decidedly NOT the kind of person we want running our schools. Why would SEIU endorse a woman who stands four-square against teachers' unions? Fortunately there are four people running for the two at-large positions on the school board, so no one need vote for this enemy of public education.