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.