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Mar 02nd


National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2009

A Proclamation

For generations, education has opened doors to untold opportunities and bright futures. Through quality instruction and a personal commitment to hard work, young people in every part of our Nation have gone on to achieve success. Established by men and women of great vision, leadership, and clarity of purpose, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have provided generations of Americans with opportunity, a solid education, and hope.


MPS to hold Changing School Options town hall meetings

The Minneapolis Public Schools will hold a series of community town hall meetings during the weeks of September 7 and 14 on Changing School Options, a comprehensive plan the MPS administration will submit to the Board of Education on September 1 to create financial sustainability and build a new foundation for academic success. At the meetings, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about school changes recommended for the 2010-2011 school year, ask questions and share comments.

Dr. Josie R. Johnson appointed Saint Peter Claver Catholic School Principal

Dr. Josie R. Johnson appointed Saint Peter Claver Catholic School PrincipalSaint Peter Claver Catholic Church community recently announced the appointment of Dr. Josie R. Johnson as principal for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Klobuchar among the ribbon-cutters at Normandale Activities Building

Klobuchar among the ribbon-cutters at Normandale Activities BuildingNormandale welcomed US Sen. Amy Klobuchar to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its newly renovated Activities Building. "I'm here today as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a teacher and a newspaper man, and the first woman to be elected to the United State Senate from Minnesota," said Klobuchar. "I'm not sure any of this would have been possible without my family's history with community colleges."

African American students find inspiration and success through entrepreneurship education

African American students find inspiration and success through entrepreneurship educationAfter Obama’s speech last month in which he announced $4.35 billion in competitive grants designed to help support innovative education reform efforts, education is on American’s minds – and with good reason.

Peer mentoring works for girls of African descent

Peer mentoring works for girls of African descentAs we grow old we come to understand that it is our young people of today that have the possibility to make a better tomorrow.  During the 2008-2009 school year, WE WIN Institute partnered with Cooper High School in the Robbinsdale district to create a mentoring program called, “Women of Distinction,” for girls of African descent.  The great need for a partnership of this kind revolves around the fact that African American students have the fastest growing failure rate in the state of Minnesota with only 38 percent graduating from high school.  Minnesota has the worst graduation rate for African Americans in the country.   The purpose of the program is for junior and senior high school girls to mentor freshman and sophomores so that they will stay on track academically, socially and psychologically.

Green your back-to-school routine

From new clothes and notebooks, to backpacks and art supplies, preparing your children for going back to school this fall can be not only time-consuming but also costly. With a little thought and some tips from, consumers can green their back to school routine – saving money and reducing waste.
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