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Oct 22nd

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Candidates for Dist. 58B shared their visions for North Minneapolis and downtown

Candidates for Dist. 58B shared their visions for North Minneapolis and downtown

Residents of North Minneapolis packed the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center to hear from DFL candidates seeing to represent District 58B in the State House.

Four of the five candidates who filed to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Bobby Joe Champion were on hand this past Tuesday and fielded a variety of questions from moderator, Lissa Jones of KMOJ radio.  Several of the questions were supplied by the audience members in attendance. Many focused on education, employment and neighborhood safety.

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Ellison co-sponsors legislation to prevent student loan rate increase

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) last week joined Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) as an original cosponsor of H.R. 3826, which fulfills the President’s State of the Union request to ensure that interest rates for undergraduate Stafford Loans do not double this summer. In 2007, Congress temporarily reduced  Stafford Loan interest rates, but these reductions are set to expire on July 1, leading to a doubling of the current 3.4% rate to 6.8%. This legislation makes the current 3.4% rate permanent for subsidized Stafford loans.

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Two more charter school authorizers approved by Minnesota Department of Education

Twenty-eight charter school authorizers now meet the nationally recognized rigorous state law that brings increased oversight to charter schools

Twenty-eight charter school authorizers have now been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, including two new authorizers approved by Commissioner Brenda Cassellius on January 19, 2012.


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FAFSA, college affordability and early college program focus of town halls

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 20, hosting two town halls: one focusing on higher education, specifically FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—and college affordability; and the other on creating a world-class cradle to college and career education system.
 

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Being culturally conscious when teaching history

Being culturally conscious when teaching history

Traditionally, the month of February has been honored as Black History Month. Schools make a deliberate effort to highlight the achievement and accomplishments of African Americans. As a young student, the month of February became a source of discomfort and low self-esteem for me.

Beginning in elementary school during the month of February, our teachers would dust off the Civil Rights tapes and "shock" the rest of the class with the brutality and inhumane acts of white police officers toward Blacks, without any explanations from the teacher.

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Nellie Stone Johnson scholarship application process open

Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are now being accepted.  The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from Union families attending or planning to attend a college or university in the Minnesota State Colleges and University’s system.

To be eligible an applicant must be a racial minority and a union member or the child, grandchild, or spouse of a union member.  The Scholarships are for first time applicants   who will be attending a MNSCU college or university. They may also be renewed by current recipients who will remain a MNSCU student for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Bryn Mawr students’ paralympic experience

Bryn Mawr students’ paralympic experience

“Skiers take your marks…. TWEET!” the whistle blew and the kids were off- however they weren’t skiing- they were scooting.  Without any snow- the youth at Bryn Mawr Elementary school have gotten creative for cross-country skiing practice- and today they were pretending to be Paralympic cross-country skiing athletes.

The Nordic Ski Foundation runs cross-country ski programs in six North Minneapolis elementary schools.  In a typical winter, the Nordic Ski Foundation, working collaboratively with the physical education instructors, facilitate eight weeks of cross-country skiing instruction with fourth and fifth grade students.  The Foundation provides skis, poles and boots that live on site at the schools, and the kids wrap up the season by participating in the Minne-Loppet- a children’s ski race that is part of the City of Lakes Cross-Country Ski Festival.   The program also includes a nutrition component where the students learn how to healthily fuel active skiing bodies. 

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