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Apr 24th


Majority of Minnesota fourth-graders struggle with reading; Proficiency rates worse for kids of low-income families

Majority of Minnesota fourth-graders struggle with reading; Proficiency rates worse for kids of low-income familiesReading is the cornerstone of a good education and future success, but in Minnesota and across the country, more young children than not are struggling with it. A new report finds that 59 percent of kids in the state are not proficient in reading when they reach fourth grade. That figure balloons to 77 percent for children from low-income families, according to Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.

Minnesota parents urged to start school search for 2014-2015 school year right now

If Minnesota parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That's the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 90 events across the North Star State and a history-making 5,500 events nationwide.

Obama honors Michael Wallus

Obama honors Michael WallusPresident Obama recently named Michael Wallus, elementary math coordinator at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Wallus is among 102 awardees of the 2012 PAEMST, an annual award that recognizes outstanding K-12 math and science teachers across the country. Wallus is the only teacher from Minnesota to win the 2012 PAEMST.

Jackie Robinson Foundation giving away scholarships of up to $7,500: Deadline to apply February 15

Jackie Robinson Foundation giving away scholarships of up to $7,500: Deadline to apply February 15Nationwide ( -- The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) provides a multi–faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college, but also to guide them through the process of higher education, molding them into dynamic leaders with a commitment to public service and Jackie Robinson's humanitarian ideals.

GED graduation: A beginning, not an end

GED graduation: A beginning, not an endOne by one, the 2013 GED graduates at Open Door Learning Center stood up to say thank you in their own words to their fellow students and teachers. In just a few hours, they'd put on a cap and gown and walk across the stage in Minneapolis' January 16 GED graduation ceremony.

Isaiah Campbell: Second chance with GED

Isaiah Campbell: Second chance with GEDI met Isaiah Campbell in early December at a minimum wage rally in front of a McDonalds and Burger King in Northeast Minneapolis. Organized by Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and SEIU, the action called for an increase in minimum wage.

It was a bitterly cold day, one of those days where you dread leaving your house. I was running a behind that day because of the cold and got to the rally 20 minutes after it was supposed to start. Unfortunately, that meant I missed the speakers, one of whom was Campbell.

Moon Soe: From refugee camp to college diploma

Moon Soe: From refugee camp to college diplomaA Burma native is one of four Karen people graduating fall semester from Metropolitan State University.

Soe joined three other Burmese natives in graduating from the university. They are part of a just a handful of ethnic Karens – an ethnic group that makes up about seven percent of the population of Burma – who have earned bachelor's degrees in Minnesota, according to graduate, Moon Soe. Moreover, Soe was selected outstanding student in the university's School of Urban Education.
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