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Twyford and Briese win four-year Questbridge scholarships

Twyford and Briese win four-year Questbridge scholarshipsCollege for many high school students is a dream, and for too many students, figuring out how to pay for it is a nightmare.

Zoey Twyford and Tianna Briese, from Minnehaha Academy's senior class, had their dreams come true when they were awarded the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship. The Questbridge National Match Scholarship helps outstanding students from lower income families gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. More than 71 percent of awardees are in the top 5 percent of their high school class. This year there were 440 scholarship recipients from 12,818 applicants around the country.
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Black girls overrepresented in confinement and court placement

Black girls overrepresented in confinement and court placementNationwide, African American girls continue to be disproportionately over-represented among girls in confinement and court-ordered residential placements. They are also significantly over-represented among girls who experience exclusionary discipline, such as out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and other punishment. Studies have shown that Black female disengagement from school partially results from racial injustices as well as their status as girls, forming disciplinary patterns that reflect horrendously misinformed and stereotypical perceptions.
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High-quality charter schools eligible for expansion, replication grants

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has named 24 top-performing charter schools that are eligible to apply for grants from Minnesota's Federal Charter Schools Program Grant Project to expand and/or replicate their education model.
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OUR STORIES | Natalie Rasmussen tells how Summatech worked at Minneapolis North High

OUR STORIES | Natalie Rasmussen tells how Summatech worked at Minneapolis North HighMilken Educator Award winner Natalie Rasmussen taught at Minneapolis North High for 20 years, including the Summatech years. In 2010, Rasmussen took a new job at the Blake School, as chair of its PreK-12 science department.
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Launching of STEAM Academy in Nigeria by Grace Restoration International (GRI).

Launching of STEAM Academy in Nigeria by Grace Restoration International (GRI).Education is known to be the epitome of change in any society.

Overtime time, knowledge is either not sought or taken for granted. The common adage "knowledge is power" can be deceptive if not used positively to create change required for the 21st century.
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Mayor Coleman appoints Eyenga Bokamba as director of Sprockets

Mayor Coleman appoints Eyenga Bokamba as director of SprocketsBokamba will lead Saint Paul's out-of-school-time network.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has appointed Eyenga Bokamba as the new director of Sprockets, Saint Paul's out-of-school-time network.
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From homelessness to connectedness, empowerment, and self-reliance

From homelessness to connectedness, empowerment, and self-relianceVoyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), the national leader in experiential and outdoor education, has teamed up with Minneapolis-based YouthLink to connect homeless young adults to the outdoors. With funding from Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota, the program, called S.T.A.R.T. (Surviving to Thriving a Real Transition), focuses on creating a new approach to support some of the area's most vulnerable young adults. S.T.A.R.T. is the first known program in the country that melds education and social services in an effort to combat homelessness.
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