Get to know the School Board candidates: Kari Reed


On Sept. 9, Minneapolis voters will vote to send six of nine candidates for School Board to the general election on Nov. 4. Three of those six will be elected to at-large seats.

Candidates are listed alphabetically. Address and phone numbers are provided via public filing information; website or email has been provided by the candidate, when applicable.

Carla Bates
Mary Buss
Jill Davis
Thomas Dicks
Sharon Henry-Blythe
Allison Johnson
Lydia Lee
Doug Mann
Kari Reed

Kari Reed
2414 Pillsbury Ave S.

Reed is a home-school teacher of her five children and has taught English to a refugee family in Zaire and “provided motherly care” for 33 parentless children in El Salvador. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Goshen College in Indiana.

Minneapolis’ public schools “are failing our children now,” Reed said. “The district is asking for more money, and more money is not the answer!” she said of the proposed referendum on a special tax levy for schools. Rather than giving the district more funds, , a better education for the city’s children could be found with “more universal tax credits [for private school tuition], charter schools, and more home-schooling.”

When asked why she was running, Reed said “I want parents to know they don’t have to send their children to the local, government-run schools.”

“With less money, you can and should be more creative,” she said. Reed described home-schooling her five children with a South Minneapolis home-school co-op, spending roughly $4,000 per child per year, in contrast to the “$10,000–$15,000” she claims MPS spends per child per year.

“I understand that they have a certain amount of overhead,” she said, but she implied that resources were not being spent effectively and that she would push for as much cost-cutting as possible.

To Reed, the goal of “every child college-ready” by 2020 —from the District’s new strategic plan — is an example of this poor spending.

“Every child doesn’t fit into the ‘go-to-college’ box,” she said. Giving parents more choices for their child’s education would produce the kinds of results Minneapolis schools are not delivering.