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Oct 21st

Education

Let’s make North High School a lesson for the greater good

Let’s make North High School a lesson for the greater good Over the past weeks, the proposed decision by Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia

Johnson to close North High School in 2014, and perhaps by next summer if enrollment continues to dwindle, has sparked heated debate on both sides.

The school district points to dwindling enrollment which is currently hovering at 265 students; soaring per pupil expenditures because of the low enrollment at a school designed for over 1,000 students; and academic underachievement. The community’s response is that the plan to close the city’s oldest high school seems calculated as feeder elementary and middle schools were closed in recent years, school boundaries redrawn, and little effort was made to determine why parents in growing numbers were sending their children to other schools and limited strategic actions taken to address concerns about the long term educational viability of the school.
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Whither North High

From where we stand, the furor and angst over the possible closure or North Community High School is a good thing.

It is good because it brings to light deep and passionate concern about the education of Black children.

It breaches the gates of civility that dam the wellspring of dissatisfaction with the condition of structural marginalization.
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MPS and Way to Grow announce “Great by 8”

The Minneapolis Public Schools and Way to Grow, an early learning program serving children from prenatal through kindergarten age, announce “Great by 8,” a pilot program that increases Way to Grow’s services to include children from kindergarten to third grade or age 8.

The partnership expands a long-term existing collaboration between MPS and Way to Grow. The Minneapolis Public Schools provide School Readiness funding and Early Childhood Family Education services to Way to Grow, which has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. In addition, Way to Grow has been an active member of the Minneapolis School Readiness Collaborative and is working with MPS and other community partners to develop the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ).
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"The Power of a Women's College" teen conference

"The Power of a Women's College Conference on Saturday, October 30, 2010 on the beautiful Campus of St. Catherine's University.   The conference will take place at Whitby Hall on 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN.  Girls in Motion, MN Inc. encourages young ladies as they prepare for their college career, to consider the choice? The choice to attend a women’s college!
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Minneapolis Board of Education approves

The Minneapolis Board of Education on October 12 voted to authorize agreements with Mortenson/Legacy Development and UrbanWorks Architecture to develop and construct a new Educational Service Center (ESC) at 1250 West Broadway. This vote follows the board’s approval of the project in May 2010 and funding for the design of the building in June.

Moving to a new ESC will provide the school district with cost savings in the near term and long term. The annual operating costs of the new ESC will be almost two million dollars less than the annual operating costs of the four existing administrative buildings. Over thirty years, the building will provide MPS with savings totaling $20 million.
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More community dialogue needed on drastic plan to close North High

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) and State Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) recently responded to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s plan to close Minneapolis North High School. Champion, a graduate of North High, said closing the cities most storied high school sends the wrong message to the people of North Minneapolis. 

“I am not ready to give up on our future, but that appears to be what some people think we should do,” said Champion. “This is my home and this is our community. We need to stand together for our schools, for our children, and for our community. Now is not the time to cut and run.”
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Report: Outdoor time boosts academic performance for MN kids


Back-to-school has traditionally meant less outdoor time for children, and a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) shows that's not in Minnesota kids' best interest when it comes to school performance and behavior. 



Kevin Coyle, vice president of education and training with NWF, makes the case for schools to reinstate regular recesses, as well as adding school gardens and outside adventures.


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