Stories of first generation college students celebrated in online story slam
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:52
College 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 CollegePossible.org and with nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity's I'm First project.
Karen students graduate from Metropolitan State University
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:53
The 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
Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:22
Minneapolis 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.
Metropolitan State University going smoke and tobacco free
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:49
Continuing 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.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:12
John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection
It'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.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:37
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
For more than 40 years, the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) has operated the Urban League Academy (ULA), an alternative high school serving students from Minneapolis. Each year, we serve about 100 students and help them finish needed credits or get re-acclimated to school when most have been unsuccessful elsewhere. Another 200 due to personal and academic challenges give up and simply quit or succumb to the lure of the streets. Throughout the years, without the resources and many times the support needed, we have been able to press forward and prepare our students with important foundational and life skills that help them to live meaningful lives and become productive citizens in our community.