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May 29th

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Artika Tyner: Education policy reform motivates leadership scholar

Artika Tyner: Education policy reform motivates leadership scholar

Artika Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. Tyner obtained her Juris Doctor, Masters of Public Policy and Leadership, and Doctorate in Leadership. Dr. Tyner's dissertation is entitled Planting People, Growing Justice: The Role of the New Social Justice Lawyer. (It is a case study of lawyers as leaders.)

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Collegiate minority retention programs in engineering recognized by National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil

Collegiate minority retention programs in engineering recognized by National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ExxonMobil recently honored three universities with the 2012 Impact Award for their efforts in retaining underrepresented minority students in engineering programs.

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Letter to the editor: Clarifying misleading headline

Letter to the editor: Clarifying misleading headline

The April 9 issue of Insight News featured an article about a recent Our Schools, Our City community forum on integration sponsored by AchieveMpls. While the article did a good job of highlighting the discussion, the headline “Costain: Some parents don’t care about integration” may have left the wrong impression about my personal beliefs and the commitments of AchieveMpls. I hope to clarify them here.

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School senior Kiara Clark excels

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School senior Kiara Clark excels

There is a private school in Minneapolis making an immeasurable impact on the lives of African American teenagers in the Twin Cities, giving them the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest and also work alongside employees at some of the biggest and most-well known corporations in the Twin Cities. It’s called Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. This private school provides the best education money can buy and offers for only a fraction of the cost to local students. Last spring, Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S. graduated its first class of seniors with 97% graduating and all being accepted to a two- or four-year college or to the military.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau releases Financial Aid Comparison Shopper

Know Before You Owe Project to help families make smart choices about student loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently launched the next phase of its Know Before You Owe student loan project by releasing a beta version of the Financial Aid Comparison Shopper, an interactive, online tool designed to help families plan for the costs of post-secondary education.

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Board should reject proposed teacher contract: Once again our students are sacrificed

It has been announced that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contact. Teachers will soon vote to ratify the agreement and the Minneapolis School Board will vote to accept the deal on April 17th. As an advocate over the years for all students, I believe this agreement essentially sacrifices the advancement of underachieving African American students to the benefit of adult teachers. If the board accepts this agreement it will not be in the best interest of those African American and other students who are not at grade level in reading and/or math. The Board should reject this agreement and send its negotiators back to the table to secure an agreement that will accelerate the academic achievement of underperforming students in district schools.

There are many reasons the Board of Education should reject this proposed contract and the following will demonstrate exactly why our students will be sacrificed, or shortchanged, if MPS accepts the proposal.

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Northside Hmong students meet legislators

 Northside Hmong students meet legislators

Hmong students urge representative Bobby Joe Champion (DFL, Minneapolis) to support school bus transportation to Hopkins, Wayzata

On April 5, 25 North Minneapolis Hmong students stormed into the
Minnesota state capitol.   All these students go to school in the
Hopkins and Wayzata school systems, and they went to the capitol to urge the legislators to continue to support their school bus transportation,

The Hmong fought along side the Americans in the Vietnam war, saving many downed pilots. After being forced to flee Laos in 1975, many Hmong families were trapped for decades in Thai refugee camps.  In 2005 the last Hmong refugee camp closed, and hundreds of Hmong came from Thailand to North Minneapolis.

Beginning n the 2007-2008 school year, some of these newly-arrived Hmong refugee students started entering the Hopkins and Wayzata school systems.  They wanted to learn English as fast as possible and get a quality education enabling them to go to college.  Bus transportation has been provided through the Choice Is Yours program.

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