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Apr 21st

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Creating a generation of readers

Creating a generation of readers

Some Minnesota students learned that their school's library was selected by Target for a School Library Makeover. At Best Academy and Harvest Prep and Marcy Open School -- both in Minneapolis -- and American Indian Magnet School and World Cultures Middle School in St. Paul, students will soon see their library renovated, updated, and outfitted with new computers, iPads, and thousands of new books.

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Bulgarian delegation visits Roy Wilkins institute

Bulgarian delegation visits Roy Wilkins institute

From left to right: Blanca Monter, Research Specialist - Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice; Dr. Josie Johnson, Former University of Minnesota Regent; RoseAnn Zimbro, Director of Programs - Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice; Al McFarlane, Editor-In-Chief, Insight News; Eric Schwartz, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Liliya Savkova Makaveeva, Executive Director, Integro Association; Rositsa Zhivkova Ivanova, Secretary at the National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Daniela Kostadinova Nikkolova, Expert, National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Ahavni Sarkis Topakbachian, State Expert, National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Desislava Dimitrova Zamfirova, Chief of Deputy Prime Minister's Cabinet; Hon. Judge Lajune Thomas Lange; Georgi Nikolaev Krastev, Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

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Leadership forum hosts school board candidates

Leadership forum hosts school board candidates

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) Education and Life-Long Work Group recently developed a strategy based on a series of achievement gaps that prevent low-income youth from succeeding in school. Co-chair of the AALF Education Workgroup, Karen Kelly-Ariwoola, and Assistant Director of the City of Minneapolis Department of Human Rights, Michael Browne, hosted candidates who are running for open seats on the Minneapolis School Board to discuss these issues and how we as a community have an obligation to ensure that the next generation is a competitive labor pool and will attract technology-forward companies. The forum was also attended by Carla Bates, Minneapolis School Board Member At-Large, who is up for reelection after her first term. The Education Work Group’s tactic for battling the achievement gap is based on five aspects that affect a child’s ability to succeed in school:

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Reflecting on the anniversary of last year's tornado

Reflecting on the anniversary of last year's tornado

May 22 marks the one year anniversary of the tornado that hit north Minneapolis and devastated a community. Thousands of residents were affected by this unfortunate disaster, many of whom are part of the Minneapolis Public Schools family.

I want to acknowledge the amazing efforts put forth by the students, staff and community members in our schools and across the city that provided relief for families impacted by the tornado. Although many are still hurting from the aftermath of the storm and there is still work that needs to be done, I am impressed by the progress that has been made and by the steadfast resilience of those in the community.

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Summer reading tips

School is almost out for the summer, but how can parents help kids avoid a “summer slump” in reading skills?

Here are a few tips to keep kids ready for learning in the fall, courtesy of Minnesota Reading Corps, the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program that provides trained literacy tutors for at-risk children age three through grade three.

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Passionate, militant, Castaño fights for equal opportunity

Passionate, militant, Castaño fights for equal opportunity

Anjelica Palma Castaño considers herself passionate, even militant, about ensuring equal opportunities for people of color. 

Now that the St. Paul woman is graduating from Metropolitan State University with an ethnic studies degree, she can’t wait to launch her career.

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Brown v. Board of Education forum to be held at the Capri

The names are Sarah Bulah, Spottswood Boiling, Oliver Brown, Harry Briggs, Barbara Rose Johns and Linda Brown.

From 1949 to 1951 these names represented countless African-American families, parents, and students at the heart of five separate school desegregation cases in Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas and the District of Columbia. They were the voices of an outcry for justice within the African-American community. In 1952 these cases, initiated with the help of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, were consolidated by the U.S. Supreme Court under the name Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, overturning the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case, establishing the doctrine “separate but equal.” As we revisit the historic ruling of Brown v. Board of Education during the 58th year anniversary, many are evaluating how we have progressed since 1954.

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