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Aug 30th


Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian(WBBM) -- History is being made at the University of Notre Dame this spring.

In the 161 years the University of Notre Dame has been awarding degrees, never had there been an African-American as valedictorian. Until this year.

Katie Washington of Gary, Indiana carries a 4.0 GPA majoring in biology and minoring in Catholic social teaching.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Washington plans to continue her studies at Johns Hopkins University and follow in her father’s footsteps into medicine.

Washington says she’s humbled by the honor of being named valedictorian.

Taylor takes helm of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Charlotte, NC attorney Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., will lead the 23 year old Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), James Clifton, Fund board chair, and Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Fund founder announced this week.

Clifton and Payne said, "Taylor exemplifies the kind of transformative leadership, strategic acumen and fundraising skills needed to move the fund to a new level of national prominence and a new era of innovation."

U of M offers Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota program 

The University of Minnesota is hosting its second annual summer program designed to introduce high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. From June 14 through July 15 on the University campus, 35 Minneapolis high school students will engage in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and personal development topics alongside entrepreneurship faculty, recent graduates and experienced entrepreneurs.

This five week camp is intended to develop the students’ understanding of business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Other topics covered include ethics, social responsibility and self-assessment. In addition to learning, participants will also be employed at the U of M over the summer. 

The program is being jointly developed by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP Program. Support also comes from the Minnesota Twins, Dairy Queen, Bachman’s Floral and Quality Bicycle Products.

Local entrepreneurs interested in sharing the business stories, sponsoring this enriching program in any way, or donating needed items for the program, please contact the Office for Business & Community Economic Development B-Tech Center at (612) 624-3404 by the end of April.

Alpha Phi Alpha takes on climate change and energy efficiency

Partnership with Environmental Defense Fund will nurture environmental leaders, green campuses

WASHINGTON, DC - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation's oldest Black fraternity, and Environmental Defense Fund are launching a transformational partnership to increase the number of diverse environmental leaders on university and college campuses and in communities of color.  The Alpha and EDF partnership will educate the fraternity's student and alumni chapters about climate change,
environmental justice, energy efficiency, clean energy and green jobs.  Sustainability projects designed by students and alumni will help African American and other populations become more involved in public health and environmental issues caused by air and water pollution and social inequity.

Minneapolis leaders to become principals for a day

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Public Schools this week will host nearly 40 local business, community and government leaders at the Principal for a Day event. Participants will shadow principals at individual schools and participate in activities such as reading with students, making morning announcements, meeting with staff members and families and visiting classrooms.

Edison student Jasmine Caldwell “Beat the Odds”

Edison student Jasmine Caldwell “Beat the Odds”Jasmine “Jazz” Caldwell, a senior at Edison High School, was among four teens recognized by Children's Defense Fund (CDF)-Minnesota for succeeding in school and life after overcoming extreme adversity. Also selected as award winners were Brian Anderson of South St. Paul High School, Amanda Kelley of Johnson Senior High School and Kristal Vang of Harding High School in St. Paul. The four students were chosen from among almost one hundred applicants across the Twin Cities and received $4,000 scholarship awards.

Bill Green explains MPS contract impasse

Bill Green explains MPS contract impasseThis letter, which is going out to all district parents, is intended to be the first of several communications to keep you apprised of the changes we propose to make to advance and improve the district for the benefit of students and the community as a whole. 

We have spent many months at the bargaining table with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) talking through issues related to raising academic achievement for our students and creating the changes we need in our system.   Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach a final agreement with MFT on the July 1, 2009   to June 30, 2011 contract.  This is despite our best efforts to reach an agreement that would enable us to make next year the most successful year yet for your students.

I am writing to you now to outline the changes the Board of Education and I believe we need to make in order to better educate our students to achieve academic excellence.  Simply stated, we are trying to put in place three major priorities:
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