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Oct 25th


Saint Paul Public Schools approves 2009 summer school changes

In an effort to accentuate programs and classes that increase proficiency and credit recovery, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has approved changes to the 2009 summer school schedule. The schedule also increases time for students to take advantage of summer enrichment opportunities offered through SPPS, the City and other providers.

Summer Enrichment Fair at the Blake School in Minneapolis

Over the summer break, many low-income students fall behind. Admission Possible high school juniors recently attended a summer enrichment fair to help prevent this problem. On Saturday, March 7, nearly 200 Admission Possible students attended the Summer Enrichment Fair at the Blake School in Minneapolis. This is the second year Admission Possible has joined with LearningWorks at Blake and Minnesota Minority Education Partnership in hosting the event.  The fair offered Admission Possible students access to summer programs that will keep them learning throughout the summer.

Are poor, minority kids unqualified for academic success?

DALLAS (NNPA) - According to statewide 2008 standardized test results, minority students in Texas rank dead last in vital education subjects like math, science, reading and writing. Add to that the devastating effects of poverty, and the statistics paint a not-so-pretty picture of the state of many inner-city youth.

MPS ranked third nationally in improving student achievement

Minneapolis Public Schools is among the top three urban districts, nationally, in improving student achievement, according to a new study comparing urban school districts and their rural or suburban counterparts.

Girls learn about trades, nontraditional career options

Young girls from Minneapolis spent a recent Saturday gaining hands-on experience in trades and nontraditional job fields. Part of the 9th annual YWCA Power Girls events, more than 50 girls participated in the day-long workshop at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Admission Possible recruiting sophomores for free college prep program

Admission Possible, the nonprofit organization providing college preparatory programming to low-income high school students for free, is recruiting now through mid-April for sophomores interested in obtaining a college education.  Applications are being accepted from eligible sophomores by Admission Possible staff at each of  the 19 Greater Twin Cities partner high schools, including two new partner schools.  Students in attendance at other high schools may contact Admission Possible headquarters to apply at (651) 917-3525 or

Students mentoring students

Students mentoring studentsFor the last six months WE WIN Institute has been executing a mentoring program at Cooper High School in Robbinsdale. Principal Michael Favor was looking for ways to address the needs of freshmen students at his school. With a school that is almost 50 percent students of African descent, Favor is fixated on the success of all students. His vision is to support freshmen from day one, to assure they are on the right track to be the best and the brightest.
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