“Everybody gets sick, but not everyone can afford to get sick.”
In a multicultural and urban city like Minneapolis, the role of a superintendent to oversee the needs of 36,000 ethnically diverse students throughout 72 schools is paramount — and it’s been over a year since the whirlwind search to fill this role was initiated.
Finding a replacement for the school district’s previous superintendent, Bernadeia Johnson, has been in the hands of the Minneapolis Board of Education’s nine members since Johnson’s resignation last January, where Chief Executive Michael Goar stepped in as interim and applied as a superintendent candidate.
Goar’s candidacy became a piece to a puzzling and problematic search process. A process that in the eyes of the community contained poor vetting, a disappointing search firm and devalued community engagement.
Stereotypes and media portrayals of Indian women are based on a long history of rape and oppression. This history is at the base of the “missing women,” the contemporary problem of great numbers of Indian women being murdered or kidnapped into sex trafficking.
I am a Jewish, bisexual woman and I am a researcher, and from all of these perspectives, the questions of who counts and how to be counted are important ones.