Former MPS teacher running for School Board

KINGFIELD — Former Minneapolis Public Schools teacher Tracine Asberry of Kingfield is running for the District 6 School Board seat.


Asberry is a mother of three, including students at Clara Barton Open School and Washburn High School. She recently worked as a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University and program administrator with the African American Academy for Accelerated Learning.


Asberry joined the faculty of W. Harry Davis Academy in North Minneapolis in 1998 and taught middle school language arts until the school was closed in 2007. That same year, the Bush Foundation named her a Bush Leadership Fellow.


Asberry said she was “committed to having all students and families involved and achieving at high rates.”


Asked about her priorities, Asberry first mentioned boosting family involvement. She also would work to close the achievement gap by addressing the “opportunity gap,” or disparities in access to the arts and extracurricular activities she said contribute to disparities in academic outcomes.


“We call them extracurricular activities, but it’s really looking at the whole child,” she said.


Asberry added that middle school and high school health courses should include information on abstinence in their sexual health curricula alongside information on contraceptives.


“There needs to be quality information so students can make informed decisions,” she said, adding that she would not support an abstinence-only curriculum.


Other announced candidates in District 6, which includes most of Southwest south of Lake Street, include Lyndale Community School parent and East Harriet resident David Weingartner and Fulton resident Alex Phung. All three plan to seek the DFL endorsement.


Click here to visit the Facebook page for Asberry’s campaign.