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Jul 28th

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Full day kindergarten: A missing half-step in our schools

In Pennsylvania, many children who had been getting excited about their first day of full-day kindergarten were disappointed when full-day kindergarten fell victim to state budget cuts. Massachusetts families in 80 school districts had to pay an average of $3,110 this year for their children to attend full-day kindergarten. Families in West Valley, Washington, got lucky. The original tuition for full-day kindergarten was reduced to $175 - $280 a month, depending on the family’s income. Meanwhile, children living in a handful of states with publicly-funded full-day kindergarten like Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi enrolled at their schools the same way children in public schools across the country enroll in first grade—without parents having to pay for it.
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North High exceeds first year goals

In October of 2010, North Community High School, one of the oldest public schools in Minneapolis, established in 1888, was at threat for closure due to low enrollment.  Over a six-year period from 2004 to 2010, North experienced a 75% decrease.  There were rallies at the 807 West Broadway Minneapolis School District headquarters.  Community members, alumni students and staff, crowded the rallies to display opposition of closing North High School.
   
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Letter carriers help Northside schools

Letter carriers help Northside schoolsIn an effort to give back to the community, members of Branch 9 of the National Association of Letter Carriers presented Melanie Sanco of the Minneapolis Public Schools with school supplies and cash donations at the Lowry Post Office on Wednesday, October 12th. The total value of the donations was approximately $2000. These donations were made by Letter Carriers who work in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. They will be targeted toward helping elementary school aged Northside children who were impacted by this summer’s tornado. The school supply drive was the brainchild of the letter carriers Olin Moore, Pete Wilson and Don Grunnes from the Lowry Station. With the support of carriers and postal management from around the city, these supplies will help provide the children with the tools they need to attend school.

A newly renovated library creates an inspiring space for kids to learn

A newly renovated library creates an inspiring space for kids to learnPillsbury Elementary School students, families and staff along with Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT), The Heart of America Foundation and volunteers celebrated the unveiling of the school’s newly renovated library. As a result of the makeover process, the library at Pillsbury Elementary, located at 2250 Garfield Street NE in Minneapolis, features 2,000 new books, eco-friendly design elements, a complete technology upgrade, as well as new furniture, carpet and shelves.
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Celebrating our successes; working together to achieve more

I am pleased to announce that for the first time in six years, Minneapolis Public Schools has made progress in narrowing the achievement gap between students of color and white students. We could not have hoped for more encouraging state test results. Significant across-the-board gains were made in reading for American Indian, African American, Asian and Hispanic students. The gap was also narrowed for all groups except American Indian students in math.
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Minnesota School of Science celebrates start of inaugural school year

Minnesota School of Science celebrates start of inaugural school yearMinnesota School of Science celebrated the start of the first school year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 16, 2011. The event shared the start of the new charter school with the community and general public.

Minnesota School of Science plans to be one of the top three charter schools in Minnesota in the next three years. The support of the community, as well as local educational institutions and businesses is crucial to achieving this goal.
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Minneapolis Urban League provides SROI even in tough times

In this time of heightened economic uncertainty, rapidly shifting priorities, and fiscal cutbacks, the Minneapolis Urban League (as I am sure has been the case at countless other non-profits), has been continuously reevaluating its programs, processes, and performance management to make certain that our organization is operating efficiently and effectively.

A key area of this organizational reflection is examining social return-on-investment (SROI), program implementation efforts, and associated outcomes in comparison to program dollars received.  We evaluate these parameters on a daily basis. One of our core values is to be a good steward for all of the funding our organization receives.
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