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Jul 22nd

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MPS scores former NBA star as next athletic director

MPS scores former NBA star as next athletic directorTrent Tucker, a former University of Minnesota standout and NBA champion, has been named athletic director for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Tucker replaces John Washington, who retired last fall.
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Johnson proposes balanced budget to school board

On March 15, Chief Financial Officer Robert Doty and his finance team presented the preliminary fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget to the finance committee of the Minneapolis Board of Education. You may recall that our school district faced a $25 million budget shortfall for FY 2014, which begins July 1. I worked with my leadership team to make tough choices, knowing that strategic cuts at the central office level would be necessary to continue to focus on our priorities for schools.
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Maroon the Implacable: The Writings of Russell M. Shoatz

 Maroon the Implacable: The Writings of Russell M. ShoatzDAVID NOBLE LECTURE SERIES
Maroon the Implacable:

The Writings of Russell M. Shoatz
Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m.
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Reading, math tutors help students achieve academic success

In the 2013-14 academic year, more than 900 Minnesota schools will be providing students additional help in achieving academic success in the face of sobering statewide statistics. Those schools have been named Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps sites to proactively help with literacy and math learning issues facing many Minnesota students. According to data from last year's state standardized tests, 40 percent of Minnesota of 8th graders do not demonstrate proficiency in math. Equally sobering is the statistic that one-in-five third graders is not reading at grade level.
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Investments in early education will place kids on path to success

Investments in early education will place kids on path to successMuch has been written about the long-term benefits of high quality early education and all day kindergarten, especially for poor children. Research abounds to support investments in young learners as a critical way to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes. Governor Dayton's budget contains significant new investments for both early childhood education and all day kindergarten, and every sign indicates that substantial investments for early learning will be coming out of the legislature as well.
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It's time to reduce disparities in Minnesota's education system

It's time to reduce disparities in Minnesota's education systemRecently, the U.S. Department of Education released data that placed Minnesota last among all states in a) the rate of Hispanic students' four-year high school graduation, and b) the graduation rate gaps between white students and both Hispanic and Native American students. The same gap between Black and white students was the second-worst in the nation. The state's ranking in overall graduation rates in 2011 was 29th.
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Hatcher helps students design individualized degrees

Stanley Hatcher, Minneapolis, was appointed academic advisor in the College of Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University, effective March 13. He provides a range of advising services to adult students designing and implementing individualized degree programs. In addition, he teaches select courses and workshops in the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, oversees referrals, updates college materials, coordinates orientations and provides improvements of student data integrity and advising services.
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