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Oct 20th


Teacher and principal contracts approved

Teacher and principal contracts approvedIt is with great joy that I share with you that both the teacher and principal contracts have been approved. Members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis Principals' Forum ratified the contracts and the Minneapolis Board of Education approved the agreements on Tuesday. These contracts represent more than just salaries and benefits. The content of these contracts aligns with our Shift goals when it comes to how we are going to affect change for some of our highest-need students.

Stories of first generation college students celebrated in online story slam

Stories of first generation college students celebrated in online story slamCollege Possible, an organization working in the Twin Cities and across the country to coach low-income students to and through college, launched "First Person" last week, an online story project focusing on low-income first-generation college students. Highlighting the unique barriers overcome by these students and the community-wide importance of their contributions, stories from every stage of the college journey are being collected. The stories are shared on and with nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity's I'm First project.

Karen students graduate from Metropolitan State University

Karen students graduate from Metropolitan State UniversityThe backgrounds of Misecal Htway, Moses Moe, Moon Soe and Has Simeon are anything but traditional.

Forcibly removed from their Burma homeland, the members of the Karen ethnic group spent years in a Thailand refugee camp before arriving in Minnesota. So perhaps it is fitting that Htway, Moe, Soe and Simeon all ended up at Metropolitan State University, which attracts many nontraditional students. The four are believed to be the first Karens to graduate from the university; they are also among a select few Karens to earn bachelor's degrees in Minnesota.

MPS revises school budget allocations to ensure school flexibility

MPS revises school budget allocations to ensure school flexibilityMinneapolis Public Schools (MPS) on March 25 provided schools with updated budget allocations for fiscal year 2015 (FY15), which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. The updated allocations correct calculation issues in the preliminary budget allocations, which were released on March 14.

Nano Day at Sabathani Community Center

Nano Day at Sabathani Community CenterNanotechnology. Ever heard of it? Probably not, but it's a technology that is going to change the world in which we live.

Metropolitan State University going smoke and tobacco free

Metropolitan State University going smoke and tobacco freeContinuing a commitment to provide a safer, healthier, and cleaner environment for students, faculty, staff and guests, Metropolitan State University's Saint Paul Campus will go fully smoke-free on May 1, joining more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the nation that classify themselves as 100 percent smoke-free.

State assesses physical education

State assesses physical educationIt's been four years since passage of the law requiring all Minnesota schools to include physical education, and lawmakers now want to know how it's working. According to State Rep. Kim Norton, the standards have been implemented by all districts, so today they'll introduce a bill asking for a report on the status.
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