The Minneapolis school board has postponed discussion on a policy that would require Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson to inform them of pay adjustments for all employees, citing a need for more time to develop a sound plan to address the issue.

The policy was the board's public response to Johnson's decision to award $270,000 in retroactive raises to administrators this summer without their approval.

The board is already facing public pressure to abandon the policy. Members of the African American Leadership Forum's Education and Lifelong Learning Work Group oppose the measure, calling it an attempt to micromange Johnson.

The policy was an agenda item on the budget for last week's school board meeting, before it was abruptly postponed after the district almost ignored a state law barring meetings during elections. It doesn't appear on this week's agenda.

School officials directed questions about the employee compensation policy to school board Chair Jill Davis and Vice Chair Alberto Monserrate.

In an e-mail to the Star Tribune, Monserrate wrote: "We removed the employee compensation policy from tonight's agenda because the Superintendent requested more time to review the policy. The board and Superintendent are working collaboratively on how to address future employee compensation changes and we simply need more time to develop a good plan on how to do so effectively."

Here's a look at the African American Leadership Forum letter:


MPS Board Letter