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Feb 13th


New study recommends strategies to address bullying in schools

WASHINGTON – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released Bullying in Schools: An Overview, the first of five bulletins examining bullying in schools and support schools can provide bullying victims.  Bullying is a complex social and emotional problem impacting children and schools.  In extreme cases, victims face shooting, physical assaults or other harassment that may cause them to turn to suicide.


WE CARE helps children impacted by the North Minneapolis tornado


On May 22, 2011 a tornado struck North Minneapolis, leaving many families homeless and children in need of basic living provisions, essential back-to-school supplies, and books. In response to this need, the WE CARE Community Reinvestment Initiative was created with the primary goal of ensuring that every child who was directly impacted by the North Minneapolis tornado (approximately 1,000 children), would start and complete the new 2011/2012 school year with the tools and resources needed for academic success.


Education's STEAM in the 21st century

Education's STEAM in the 21st century

It’s a very exciting time to be in Robbinsdale Area Schools.  On December 5, 2011, the School Board approved a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet for K-5 elementary students, set to open fall of 2012.  This STEAM magnet will have traditional components found in exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education; we added an arts focus as well because of the influence arts has on education, and also because Robbinsdale Area Schools has a long and successful history in arts education.  District staff are working hard on the creation of this magnet, and other staff are working on enrollment policies that will help to ensure that the students who attend this magnet are reflective of the beautiful diversity of the district.  Infusing the arts into STEM education can enhance engagement and creativity, help to preserve and honor culture and tradition, and unlock creative thinking and the potential for partnerships. 


Zone will support North High growth

North High School will have a designated attendance area for the 2012-2013 school year that includes the Bethune and Bryn Mawr attendance areas.   
This attendance area is in addition to the citywide option for all Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) high school students.  Students who request North High School outside of Zone 1 will be eligible for a Metro Transit Go To Card.  Students who live in Zone 1 outside the one-mile walk zone, will be eligible for MPS yellow bus transportation.


The Best Gift for Our Students

As we enter the holiday season and the season of giving, I wanted to reach out to our families and friends in Minneapolis. The best gift that a child can receive is your support in his or her pursuit of a high-quality education experience.

There is nothing more important than preparing students to be successful. I see the future leaders of Minneapolis and our world in the bright eyes and intelligence of our students.


More than 40% of low-income schools don't get a fair share of state and local funds, Department of Education Research finds

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education documents that schools serving low-income students are being shortchanged because school districts across the country are inequitably distributing their state and local funds. 

The analysis of new data on 2008-09 school-level expenditures shows that many high-poverty schools receive less than their fair share of state and local funding, leaving students in high-poverty schools with fewer resources than schools attended by their wealthier peers.


African Americans and Standardized Tests:

New book urges going back to basics to close achievement gap

As a group, African American students continue to score among the lowest of all racial groups on standardized K-12 and college entrance exams. Whether right or wrong, fair or unfair, standardized test scores are used to determine which students are accepted into gifted programs and the university of choice—and which students are placed in special education and remedial programs.

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