Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 and her guest Ira Jourdain, Native candidate for Minneapolis School Board. We will discuss the upcoming Minneapolis primary on August 12 and the field of candidates for school board. Three main issues Mr. Jourdain intends to focus on if elected are 1.) Special Education- the high rate of children of color (predominantly Native American and African American children) being referred for Special Ed services and the identification, evaluation and IEP outline in these services and how to fix the process. 2.) Wraparound Services/Civic Engagment- these hardships directly affect how children perform in the classroom. Ira wants to build partnerships in the community and build upon existing partnerships with agencies that help families succeed outside of the classroom so that children can succeed in the classroom. 3.) Community Schools- make sure our schools offer services that begin with Early Childhood and continue through our students progression through MPS leading to graduation. Full-service community schools build not only stronger bonds within families, but with neighbors and small businesses, that are vital to community long-term success and growth.
ra Jourdain is finishing his B.S. in Business Management and his Paralegal Certificate as well. He works at Division of Indian Work (D.I.W.) in the Father Project working with fathers. This work entails helping fathers and their families overcome barriers such as stable-affordable housing, transportation, employment, medical-mental health support among many other issues. Mr. Jourdain is parent of 4 students in the MPS system. 2 High School students and 2 Elem Ed students. He resides in the East Phillips neighborhood.