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Feb 12th


Obama’s Jobs Act could mean $274.5 million for state schools

The U.S. Education Department, in advance of remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan on the proposed American Jobs Act, spotlighted a new report by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that Minneapolis and St. Paul and other urban school systems face substantial, costly repairs to deteriorating buildings and classrooms.

Metropolitan State appoints interim admissions director

Metropolitan State appoints interim admissions directorJulio Vargas-Essex, Bloomington, was appointed interim admissions director in student affairs by President Sue K. Hammersmith. He assumed the one-year appointment on Aug. 31, 2011.

In this position, he oversees the admissions office; designs, develops and implements both a comprehensive recruitment and admissions plan and student academic retention support activities; and implements an evaluation and data collection system for student services activities.

Enrollment tops 200,000 students for second year at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

For the second consecutive fall, more than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - the second highest enrollment level ever, officials said.

The state colleges and universities now enroll 200,716 students in credit-bearing courses, down slightly from last fall when 203,738 students were enrolled. An additional 220,000 students are expected to enroll in credit and noncredit courses across the state by the end of the current academic year, bringing the year’s total enrollment to about 420,000.

Walmart awards million dollar grant to CBCF

 Funds to support internships to develop next generation of leaders


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) recently announced a $1 million grant from Walmart to support the CBCF/Walmart Emerging Leaders Internship Program.  The announcement marks Walmart's renewed commitment to supporting deserving African American college students who are interested in internships on Capitol Hill or with government agencies. Walmart has donated $2 million to this program since 2006. 

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers holds Annual Scholarship Gala on November 12

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) is the leading Minnesota minority bar association organized to promote and support the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students in Minnesota. The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) will hold its Annual Scholarship Gala on November 12, 2011, as a benefit for the MABL Foundation, which provides scholarships for talented law students in Minnesota.  Each year, at the Scholarship Gala, the MABL Foundation awards several scholarships to area law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to the principles of MABL.

Full day kindergarten: A missing half-step in our schools

In Pennsylvania, many children who had been getting excited about their first day of full-day kindergarten were disappointed when full-day kindergarten fell victim to state budget cuts. Massachusetts families in 80 school districts had to pay an average of $3,110 this year for their children to attend full-day kindergarten. Families in West Valley, Washington, got lucky. The original tuition for full-day kindergarten was reduced to $175 - $280 a month, depending on the family’s income. Meanwhile, children living in a handful of states with publicly-funded full-day kindergarten like Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi enrolled at their schools the same way children in public schools across the country enroll in first grade—without parents having to pay for it.

North High exceeds first year goals

In October of 2010, North Community High School, one of the oldest public schools in Minneapolis, established in 1888, was at threat for closure due to low enrollment.  Over a six-year period from 2004 to 2010, North experienced a 75% decrease.  There were rallies at the 807 West Broadway Minneapolis School District headquarters.  Community members, alumni students and staff, crowded the rallies to display opposition of closing North High School.
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