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Minneapolis Board of Education approves Changing School Options recommendation

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Board of Education at its September 22 meeting voted to amend and approve the recommendation for Changing School Options, a comprehensive plan to create financial sustainability for the Minneapolis Public Schools. The final vote was unanimous in favor of the recommendation.
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Changing School Options transition team begins work

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent William D. Green announced September 23 the establishment of an implementation steering committee and cross-functional working team charged with assisting families during transitions that will result from Changing School Options, a comprehensive plan to create financial sustainability for the Minneapolis Public Schools that was approved by the Board of Education on September 22.
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Schools can’t do it all

More than 40 years of education research proves that when families and community members are involved in the work of educating children, those children succeed. They receive better grades, have fewer discipline problems, choose harder courses, graduate, and continue their educations at higher rates. Volumes are written about how important families are to children’s achievement, and schools and teachers often try creative and interesting methods of reaching out to families.
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A dreamer not deferred + a devoted charter school = a good pair

A dreamer not deferred + a devoted charter school = a good pairWhat do a visionary and a bound and determined south Minneapolis charter school have in common? They are joined at the hips.  Chrystal Deramus, a 21-year-old mother of three, said before her five-year-old daughter and two younger sons graduate from high school, she will be a pediatrician. The Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC - pronounced "min-nic") is steadfastly fixed on helping Deramus’ dream come true.
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African American and American Indian and School Readiness Project: A partnership between All Nation Indian Church and the Early Childhood Resource and Training Center (ECRTC)

A pilot project launched in the Phillips Community in early September 2009 designed for African American and Somali, child care providers’ grandparents, uncles and aunts, reaching 50 children.  Transportation, books, snacks, field trips, library visits, take home activities and visits, assessments, adult training classes, are available at no cost.  Instructors are skilled and certified working with families and children three days a week 3 hours each.
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10 MPS students named National Merit semifinalists

Ten Minneapolis Public Schools students on September 16 were named semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. Samuel J. Calvit and Tyler Mahony of South High School and Ashley R. Bielinski, Isabella N. Dawis, Caroline A. Lauth, Mikayla M. MacNally, Rose E. Milavitz, Christopher J. Riddle, Ruth L. Styles and Mark B. Ulrich of Southwest High School are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Inspiring stories of success amidst harrowing statistics

In Minnesota, the demand for college-educated workers is forecasted to exceed the supply available to employers in the next few years due in large part to decreasing numbers of high school graduates and the lower rate at which low-income students are accessing college.   However, Minnesota students, administrators, community leaders and colleges prove this trend can be reversed in their interviews and stories shared in a new documentary, College IS Possible, co-produced by Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Channel and Admission Possible. The College IS Possible documentary premieres Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Central on tpt/MN Channel.
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