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Metropolitan State spring commencement set for May 3

Metropolitan State University’s 88th commencement exercises are Tuesday, May 3, in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.  Approximately 965 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees with 665 expected to participate in the ceremony.  Crystal L. Saric, Plymouth, College of Management outstanding graduate student, is the student speaker.
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Pell Grant reduction too costly to students

The proposed 15 percent decrease to the Pell Grant, a financial award to low-income students, will have significant impact on the more than 153 eligible students and families in Minnesota who desire access to college. Preserving the maximum level of Pell Grant funding is vitally important not only to maintain and raise the number of college graduates in Minnesota, but also for the health and growth of Minnesota’s economy. Without increasing the percentage of Americans who have a college degree or other postsecondary credential, the U.S. will have a labor market shortage of 23 million college-educated adults by 2025. In Minnesota alone, 70% of all jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018.
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Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school program

Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school programPaola Riera, an eleventh-grade student at Thomas Edison High School, will attend the Harvard College Secondary School Program in the summer of 2011. The program seeks mature, academically motivated students who expect to enter college in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Admission is based on each individual student’s interests, ambitions and background.

Riera was nominated for the program by Edison counselor Kris Baumgartner. “Paola is a highly motivated, charismatic, positive leader among her peers,” said Baumgartner. “She has the maturity and thoughtful determination to take advantage of the challenge and opportunities that the Harvard Secondary School Program provides.”
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Glaze “beats the odds”

Glaze “beats the odds”Southwest High School senior Alexander Glaze on March 11 was awarded a $4,000 “Beat the Odds” scholarship from Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Minnesota. Glaze not only ‘beat the odds’ tackling his high school assignments and tests over the past four years, but was also recently granted acceptance to Stanford University, which he plans to attend in fall 2011.
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Minneapolis Public Schools seek dedicated community members for new North High Redesign Advisory Committee

Minneapolis Public Schools is now seeking eight dedicated community members for a strong, committed advisory committee that will inform and guide consulting firm Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) as it works to redesign the academic program at North High School for fall 2012.
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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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