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David Jennings II

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  • Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Truman Public Schools
  • U.S. Marine Corps
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David Jennings, former Minn. House Speaker, & School Superintendent
Civic Caucus, 8301 Creekside Circle #920, Bloomington, MN 55437
Summary of David Jennings' comments: Jennings senses a lack of vision on the part of current candidates for Governor. He opposes shifting expenses to the following biennium. He believes wealthier Minnesotans shouldn't pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than lower income taxpayers. Other points he made: changes in schools are needed, including reducing the size of some districts and increasing the size of others; high priority must be given to pre-kindergarten education; The state shouldn't accept federal money for education.
A. Context of the meeting -The Civic Caucus is interested to hear from Mr. Jennings, an experienced public official and businessman, about the current state of the state budget and how it may be re-envisioned during this time of turnover in the office of the governor.
B. Welcome and introductions- After a stint in the Marine Corps, David Jennings graduated from Mankato State University, He worked briefly for a Congressional staff and in the construction business before being elected to the state legislature in 1978. He rose quickly to become Republican minority leader in 1982. When the Republicans gained the majority in 1985 he became Speaker of the House for two years before leaving the legislature. He spent 9 years as an executive with Schwan Food Companies and later served as Commissioner of Commerce under Governor Ventura and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. In January of 2002, he became COO of the Minneapolis Public Schools and went on to serve a year as their interim superintendent during the 2003-04 school year. He recently retired after serving as superintendent of schools for the Eastern Carver County Public Schools, based in Chaska.
C. Comments and discussion -During Jennings ' visit with the Civic Caucus, the following points were raised:
Thank you for the invitation to speak, Jennings told the group. Since the range of topics on which he might comment is broad, he began with the big picture.
2. This is the time for the governor to lead the state's government --The real show is the governor's race, Jennings said. The Legislature is not the place to develop bold new initiatives or set a vision. Legislators react to what the governor and others propose be done, and eventually develop a plan that may or may not resemble what's been proposed-but however it ends up it is a reflection of the governor's proposal. So the discussions taking place right now matters, and that is particularly true of the discussions in the governor's race. Whatever happens after the election will somehow be an outcome of these discussions.
3. The gubernatorial campaign is lacking vision --Jennings said he doesn't see the right level of conversation coming out of the current campaigns. "I don't hear a vision for Minnesota being articulated in a meaningful way. After his experience with Ventura, he's not sure a third party in "the middle" offers the ideal choice. "If Tom Horner wins he has to worry about a power base from which to govern-either amongst the voters nor in the legislature."
A participant asked Jennings if he could imagine a state-level body to perform planning functions.
"At some time presumably you're going to have to pay," Jennings responded.
A participant asked Jennings whether he sees any practical ways to do that-to move toward 'right-sizing' a district. It would take years to do, he said; you've got to commit yourself to the years it would take to do it. Someone has to say these districts are too small, and these are too big-it has to be connected to what works best in the delivery of services for kids.
8. The educational achievement gap is about the early years --To a question about early childhood education, Jennings said that he is cautious about the terms.
There is no infrastructure in Minnesota or anywhere else that is more resistant to meaningful reform than the education establishment, Jennings said, and that includes the education programs at colleges and universities that train future teachers.
Jennings said that he believes Minnesota's work with the federal government on education has been unhelpful and manipulative of the state's prerogative.
He told a story from his first days in the legislature.
"Beginning then," Jennings told the group, "I said the state should turn down the money.
Jennings said that by the time he arrived in the district the buildings were overloaded again. So they built a new high school, and got the referendum through "by a whisker."
As organizations districts have a hard time making highly charged political decisions he said, so they certainly will have a hard time instilling reform or innovating.
D. Closing --In closing, Jennings went back to the importance of the governor's race in setting a vision for the future of the state in these times. "I believe the only person who has the bully pulpit and the power to convey a vision to ordinary voters is the governor. I can't think of another way to do it."
Thank you to Mr. Jennings for the visit.
T he Civic Caucus is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.
Jennings Named Director of Finance and Administration at Minnesota Historical Society, 30 Aug 2004 [cached]
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Historical Society announced today that David Jennings will join its staff on Sept. 13 as director of finance and administration.He will oversee the Society's $31 million budget and its administrative functions including operations at the Society's headquarters at the Minnesota History Center.
Jennings, 55, has held prominent positions in both the public and private sectors.Most recently, he served as interim superintendent for the Minneapolis Public Schools, following two years as its chief operating officer.From 1979 to 1986, Jennings served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from the Truman area.He concluded his career in the position of speaker of the house.He subsequently returned to his home area serving for eight years as vice president of administration with Schwan's Foods in Marshall, Minn.
After a brief stint as commissioner of the Department of Commerce in the administration of Governor Jesse Ventura, Jennings accepted a position as chief executive officer for the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce.
Jennings describes his move to the Minnesota Historical Society as a logical step in pursuing his commitment to education and public service."There is no other organization in this state that has been educating the public as long and as consistently as the Society," said Jennings.
Jennings' appointment comes at a critical time for the Society as the organization strives to continue its record for service to the state's people in the face of substantial reductions in its budget.
"We are honored to have David join us," said Director Nina Archabal.
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