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Dec 19th

Education

Pierre Bottineau is state’s fi rst self-governed school

Pierre Bottineau French Immersion is the first school to open in Minnesota under the District-Created Site-Governed Schools law (123B.04), which was passed by the Minnesota legislature in 2009. The Minneapolis Board of Education approved the proposal in March of 2010 and the new public elementary school will open its doors in north Minneapolis in the fall of 2011.

The development of new schools, which includes Self-Governed Schools (SGS), is one of the core strategies in the MPS Strategic Plan to address the lowest 25% of low performing schools.  New schools aim to bring Minneapolis families a portfolio of quality schools with strong leaders and proven models to dramatically improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.
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MPS and MFT announce cost of tentative teachers’ contract

The Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers announced January 14 that the cost of the tentative two-year teachers’ contract totals approximately $10.9 m. Both parties agree that the tentative settlement was fair and reasonable considering the district’s difficult economic circumstances.

Both the union and school district praise teachers for tentatively agreeing to contribute $3 m in benefits and incentives. Most of the savings come from a two-year moratorium on certain existing benefits, decreasing the total package cost from approximately $14 m to approximately $11 m. 
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Saint Paul Public Schools extends student application deadline

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Superintendent Valeria S. Silva announced last week at the regular Board of Education meeting that applications for elementary and secondary students will be accepted and considered on time if turned in by March 22, 2011.

The date change allows families to complete the application process following March 15, 2011, when the Board is expected to take action on the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan.
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MPS to hold classes on March 11 to make up for snow days

Classes will be in session at Minneapolis Public Schools on March 11 to make up for snow days that took place on December 13 and 14, 2010. Students originally were not scheduled to be in class on March 11 due to professional development for elementary school staff and parent-teacher conferences for high school staff and families. March 11 was identified as a makeup day after a review of the MPS calendar.

Because school will be in session on March 11, parent-teacher conferences will be moved to February 18 for all students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Staff professional development formerly slated for February 18 for secondary school staff and March 11 for elementary school staff will now take place on May 9.

Black History Month Events at the Minnesota History Center

Visit the Minnesota History Center during Black History Month in February, and join in festivities that celebrate the proud heritage of black Minnesotans.  Learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators who fought in World War II, while exploring the exhibit “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.”

On the last three weekends of the month, Feb. 12–13, 19–20 and 26–27, families can take part in a History HiJinx craft activity and make a model glider to take home. Kids can also try on a parachute pack and listen to stories about the Tuskegee Airmen.
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AchieveMpls hosts HBCU college fair

AchieveMpls hosts HBCU college fairHigh school students, parents, and families are invited to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday at an HBCU College Fair (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on Monday, Jan. 17, at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 Fourth Street North, in Minneapolis. Students can talk personally with over 20 HBCU representatives and graduates to learn about individual schools, admission requirements, and scholarship resources. They can also connect live via SKYPE to staff and students at Howard University, Bethune-Cookman College, and Clark University. This free event features food, entertainment, and door prizes.
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Progress made; challenges ahead

In the last decade, a coalition of public school educators, parents and civic activists across the country have charted substantial progress in deterring tens of thousands of students from dropping out of high school, according to a newly-published study.

Among other things, the study showed there were 120,000 more high school graduates in 2008 than in 2001 (holding population constant) – a result fueled by overall graduation-rate increases in 29 states and significant graduation-rate increases among African American, Latino American and Native American pupils.
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