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Aug 22nd

Education

Superintendents weigh in

Late in the month of March, both the House and Senate education committees approved legislation that will deal devastating blows to city schools by divesting state support for low-income learners while simultaneously raising property taxes in our three cities. Why would the legislature turn its back on its population centers? We have the potential to produce exceptional talent that will make Minnesota a global leader. This education policy will not successfully bring us to 2050 with a diverse work force ready to innovate and lead.
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Minneapolis Public Schools recruits volunteers to support literacy goals

The volunteer program at the Minneapolis Public Schools, Volunteer MPS, is recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to read to kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade students. MPS will hold a training session for volunteers interested in becoming literacy tutors, Tuesday, April 5, from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. and Monday, April 18, from 3 – 5 p.m. at MPS Community Education Services, 2225 East Lake Street in Minneapolis.
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WE WIN students teach African history

WE WIN students teach African historyBlack History is every day, not just February, according to students in WE WIN Institute’s Rites of Passage programs.  The elders from Booth Manor, a senior high-rise downtown Minneapolis, were enlightened about the rich African history, by 30 students from WE WIN.  The theme of the program was, From Africa to America.   The students narrated the African quest from its beginnings in ancient Egypt: how their ancestors invented and built the pyramids.  They informed the elders about the first African doctor, Imhotep, who is not only recognized as the real ’Father of Medicine’ but also as the first architect and engineer of ancient times. Imhotep was the creator of the Pyramid of Djoser, popularly known as the Stairstep Pyramid, in which we find architectural techniques that are still in use like columns, stone walling, flooring, lintels, and jambs.
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Rep. Moran stands up for equity in education

Early this morning, the Republican led House passed a K-12 Education Omnibus bill, outlining cuts and policy changes to Minnesota’s education system. One provision in the bill repealed a Minnesota statute aimed at preventing racial segregation in Minnesota schools. Upon giving an impassioned speech on the importance of the Desegregation Rule, State Representative Rena Moran (DFL—St. Paul) was successful in removing the repeal, with members voting unanimously to support her amendment.
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Legislators unite to oppose education cuts

African American legislators are voicing their unified opposition to a House GOP bill that disproportionately cuts funding to inner city schools. The bill was passed today in the House Education committee on a party line vote. Legislators said the unfair cuts would likely worsen the state’s achievement gap.

“This bill is a political tool that creates winners and loser in our school funding formula with the students in our inner city schools taking the biggest hit,” said State Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis). “They are fundamentally undermining our state’s efforts to reduce our achievement gap.”
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Education spotlight: Latrell Mckelvy

Education spotlight:  Latrell MckelvyAn A1 Grade 4 student at W.I.S.E. Charter School, North Minneapolis, Latrell Mckelvy recently won the 1st place in the Grade 4 spelling bee contest held at Sojourner Truth Elementary.

“There are young and positive men in our community and my son is one of them”, says a proud mother Marshelle Mckelvy of her oldest child, Latrell.

Evidently, Latrell is academically very smart, but his performance in reading and math—his favorite subjects—is way above average. He is in a 6th grade reading class and 6th grade math class.
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North Minneapolis’ Shawnnise Watkins Wins Ann Bancroft Award

North Minneapolis’ Shawnnise Watkins Wins Ann Bancroft Award18 -year-old girl leader influences peers with support from YWCA of Minneapolis

In 2007, the just turned 14, Shawnnise Watkins came to the YWCA of Minneapolis, to complete the Girls Resolution and Prevention (RAP)—an all-girl youth intervention program for first-time offenders—in order to have a disorderly conduct offense removed from her record. Watkins had recently been in a fight that was serious enough for the police to get involved.

“At that time, Shawnnise was a strong, vibrant girl who stood up for herself and her friends and tried to solve all of her problems with a smart mouth and quick fists,” recalled Kyanna Wright a counselor at the YWCA of Minneapolis.  “She didn’t like school and she wasn’t doing well at all.  She felt all she ever heard was, ‘you’ll never be anything; you’ll never do anything.’  She even recalls a teacher telling her she was never going to make it.  Shawnnise loved to write, but mostly kept her talents to herself and used her smarts outside the classroom.”
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