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Nov 24th


Audit of 15 key SPPS academic initiatives

Last week Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva and Dr. Douglas Reeves of the Leadership and Learning Center (LLC) shared summary findings of an Implementation Audit of 15 key SPPS academic initiatives. The Audit will help SPPS determine both the extent to which the initiatives are implemented at the school and district level, and also the extent to which the initiatives are linked to student achievement.

University of Minnesota, community receive $2.9 million grant to help close digital divide in Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with 12 community organizations, has received $2,862,333 in federal funds to develop and improve 11 computer labs throughout underserved neighborhoods in the Twin Cities as part of the federal stimulus law. The award was selected from among 2,200 proposals received by the Department of Commerce. The grant was the only one given to a university and the largest grant given in its category.

Valeria Silva takes leadership of Saint Paul Public Schools

Valeria Silva takes leadership of Saint Paul Public SchoolsThe Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education last week approved a contract to have Valeria Silva serve as the District's Superintendent effective Wednesday, December 16.

Too many in college?

(NNPA) - A week or so ago, I had the privilege of participating in a conversation on NPR about college attendance. Sparked by a conversation in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a group of “experts” were opining that too many people are going to college.  Too many?  Conservative and racially biased Charles Murray (author of The Bell Curve) thinks that too few high school students have the cognition to successfully navigate college attendance.  Marty Nemko says it is a cost-benefit thing.

A covenant betrayed

Change is difficult for most of us. So many are afraid of the unknown, of the consequences of decisions made; no control. It makes people and even school districts, do irrational and even irresponsible acts; all in the name of staying in control.

Mississippi governor's plan to merge three HBCUs come under fire

JACKSON, MS (NNPA) - Dozens of students, members of the NAACP, alumni and concerned constituents gathered for a rally at the Mississippi State Capitol last Friday to protest Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to merge Mississippi's three historically Black universities.

Recruitment and retention initiatives boost state university enrollments

Enrollment of new students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education increased by 22 percent this fall at the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, according to a new report presented to the Board of Trustees. These groups include students of color, low-income students and students whose parents did not attend college.
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