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Study shows positive momentum for Improvement Grant schools

Study shows positive momentum for Improvement Grant schoolsThe U.S. Department of Education last week released an early snapshot of student performance data at schools that have received federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program funds, a key component of the Department's blueprint for helping states and districts turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools.
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States report new high school graduation rates using more accurate, common measure

States report new high school graduation rates using more accurate, common measureThe U.S. Department of Education released data detailing state four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure. The varying methods formerly used by states to report graduation rates made comparisons between states unreliable, while the new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide.
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MPS embraces students’ Somali heritage with new class offerings

Minneapolis Public Schools may very well be the first school district in the nation to offer Somali language classes to high school students. At South High School, where MPS’ Somali classes are offered, nearly 60 students are registered in two class periods, one that focuses on Somali language and another on culture. “Somali language is an important element of one’s identity,” said Dahir Hassan, Somali language and heritage teacher at South. “If you don’t speak the language, it is hard to claim that identity.”
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Board of Education renews Dr. Bernadeia Johnson’s contract

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson and the Minneapolis Board of Education on November 27 jointly announced their agreement on a new three-year employment contract for Johnson. The renewal of Johnson's contract will make her the longest-serving MPS superintendent in more than a decade. Her tenure began in July 2010. Under the new agreement, effective July 1, 2013, the superintendent will lead MPS until at least June 30, 2016.
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Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. celebrates its 50th anniversary

Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. celebrates its 50th anniversaryOrganization donates $50,000 to Morgan State University where it all began.
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African-American business sorority hosts luncheon; auction to provide college scholarships

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., an African-American professional business sorority, held a luncheon and auction to benefit area teens in need of college funding assistance.
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Saint Paul Public School referendum adds $9 million for technology

Saint Paul Public School referendum adds $9 million for technologyIt is critical that our community support the Saint Paul Public School Referendum on the November 6 ballot, which asks Saint Paul voters to renew the $30 million levy that passed in 2006 and add a $9 million investment in technology for our kids.
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