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Jul 02nd


Bill Green explains MPS contract impasse

Bill Green explains MPS contract impasseThis letter, which is going out to all district parents, is intended to be the first of several communications to keep you apprised of the changes we propose to make to advance and improve the district for the benefit of students and the community as a whole. 

We have spent many months at the bargaining table with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) talking through issues related to raising academic achievement for our students and creating the changes we need in our system.   Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach a final agreement with MFT on the July 1, 2009   to June 30, 2011 contract.  This is despite our best efforts to reach an agreement that would enable us to make next year the most successful year yet for your students.

I am writing to you now to outline the changes the Board of Education and I believe we need to make in order to better educate our students to achieve academic excellence.  Simply stated, we are trying to put in place three major priorities:

Scholarship Service and Step

Scholarship Service and Step     A total of 34,000 students are educated within the Minneapolis Public School District. Seventy percent are students of color.  James C. Burroughs II and staff in the Office of Equity and Diversity within Minneapolis Public Schools, view diversity, equity and respect as key factors in gauging the successful education and guidance of students.  From April 13 through April 24, 2010, the Office of Equity and Diversity in partnership with key community stakeholders, has been hosting Scholarship Service and Step Week; a series of events exposing students to the benefits of post secondary education, successful career paths, and service to community. The ultimate goal is to propel the next generation of leaders into positive leadership, and to support 100 Strong Who Care – Building Bridges for the Next Generation, an initiative that matches professionals with students through service-learning events at Minneapolis Public Schools.

New policy boosts students in need, HBCUs

New policy boosts students in need, HBCUs Special to the NNPA from the Afro American Newspapers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - With the signing of yet another historical piece of legislation, President Obama made good on his promise to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted on March 30, strengthens the Pell Grant program, invests in community colleges, extends support for historically Black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, and helps student borrowers manage their student loan debt by capping repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. These efforts will be fully paid for by ending the government subsidies currently given to banks and other financial institutions that make guaranteed federal student loans.

“By removing the bank’s middle men and eliminating millions of dollars in annual subsidies we are able to ensure that students have a more competitive and robust program for entering colleges and leaving them and going on to jobs not burdened so heavily by additional loans,” said Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Minneapolis Urban League’s PROJECT READY hosts Annual Historically Black College Tour

 Minneapolis Urban League’s PROJECT READY hosts Annual Historically Black College Tour   Helping at-risk youth—for whom college often is not a consideration—realize their dream of going to college and having the doors of opportunity open for them is the main reason the Minneapolis Urban League has been hosting its Historically Black College Tour for more than two decades. Since its inception in the 1980s, more than 600 students have participated in the tour.

Principal Larry Lucio “It’s all about the Kids”

Principal Larry Lucio “It’s all about the Kids”On Thursday March 11, 2010, Stadium View School, in conjunction with the Juvenile Detention Center of Hennepin County, hosted a celebration marking the accomplishments of the school, the students and its Principal Larry Lucio.

The guest speaker for the day was Dr. Dorothy Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition for Maricopa County in Phoenix, AZ. Wodraska has been working with Stadium View since the Fall of 2008. They are seeking to make a difference in the way institutionalized students are educated. Wodraska and Lucio believe that the best way to impact institutionalized kids is to serve them better instructionally.

Cub Foods presents Cub4Kids Easter Event

Parents and their children are invited to hop on over to their local Cub Foods store Saturday, March 27 for a “meet and greet” with the Easter Bunny. Kids may enjoy free treats and special holiday activities, including a personal photo of themselves with the Easter Bunny.



AP coaches help students become college bound

AP coaches help students become college boundAdmission Possible, the nonprofit organization providing college preparatory programming to low-income high school students for free, is recruiting now through mid-April for sophomores interested in obtaining a college education. Applications are being accepted from eligible sophomores by Admission Possible staff at each of the program’s greater Twin Cities partner high schools. Students in attendance at other high schools may contact Admission Possible headquarters at (651) 917-3525 or to apply.
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