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Jul 23rd

Education

Minnesota to receive $5.5 million to continue efforts to turn around lowest-performing schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Minnesota will receive $5.5 million to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the Education Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Ten additional states also will receive this continuation funding: Connecticut—$3.6 million; Kentucky—$7.7 million; Maryland—$6.8 million; Mississippi—$6.1 million; New Mexico—$4.1 million; Ohio—$20.2 million; South Carolina—$7.4 million; South Dakota—$1.5 million; Utah—$3.4 million; and West Virginia—$3.3 million.
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Celebrating Patchwork Quilt scholars

Celebrating Patchwork Quilt scholarsReady for School. Ready for Work. Ready for Life.
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Early childhood education: What does culture have to do with it?

Early childhood education: What does culture have to do with it?How do varying cultural backgrounds affect the need for and the value of early education? What we're missing, said Betty Emarita at a February 8 forum on early childhood education, is data driven discussions. While there's data on community trauma, "there's little data on family strengths, especially in low income communities."
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Mai Tong Yang: Think big says Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Mai Tong Yang: Think big says Boys and Girls Club Youth of the YearBoys and Girls Club of America Midwest Youth of the Year, Mai Tong Yang, plans to dream big as she starts a new chapter in her life – college.

After years of dedication, volunteering and work with the Boys and Girls Club, 19-year-old Yang was acknowledged this past year by getting the organization’s title of Midwest Youth of the Year.
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Quest Academy Charter School in St. Louis Park to close

Pillsbury United Communities (PUC), the charter authorizer for Quest Academy in St. Louis Park, says it plans to terminate Quest Academy's contract because it has failed to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management. If terminated, the school will close by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, and Pillsbury United Communities' staff will proactively work with Quest Academy to ensure minimal disruption to its 54 students in 7th through 12th grades.
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MPS creates principal academy to find great leaders

American scholar Warren G. Bennis said, “Leaders are made rather than born.” At Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), that philosophy is driving the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy, created to attract visionary, passionate leaders who are eager to assume principal roles in underperforming schools in the school district.
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Northside students from Nellie Stone Johnson and Anwatin schools hit cross country ski trails with Major Taylor Bike Club

Northside students from Nellie Stone Johnson and Anwatin schools hit cross country ski trails with Major Taylor Bike ClubSkiers from North Minneapolis Middle Schools Nellie Stone Johnson and Anwatin, part of the Loppet Foundation ski programs, enjoy a perfect February ski day at Lake Elmo Park Reserve with their coaches Jerry Williams, Jemiah Aitch, and members of the Major Taylor Bike Club.
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