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New Research Finds Tough Times for Black Children

Key Black Community Leaders Commit to Crusade to Confront Crisis

As the country remembers the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., 40% of Black children are born poor. In the fourth grade, 85% of Black children cannot read nor do grade level math and later almost half drop out of school. A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison sometime in his lifetime.

A new report shows the vast majority of America's Black community, 7 in 10 adults, view these as tough or very bad times for Black children and many see poor Black youth falling further behind. A majority of Black adults believe that half or more of all Black children will experience, before reaching adulthood, racial profiling from law enforcement, getting in trouble with the law, serving time in jail or prison, and being denied important opportunities because of their race.
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Admission Possible offers opportunity to college grads

St. Paul-based nonprofit—Admission Possible—is recruiting to fill more than 80 AmeriCorps positions in the next two months. The nonprofit offers free college prep programming to low-income students and is looking for high school and college coaches, community and event organizers and external relations team members.
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Seminar for charter developers

Seminar for charter developersMinnesota Association of Charter Schools provides primer seminar to charter developers.

The MN Association of Charter Schools is offering a basic information seminar designed for those exploring the development of a public charter school in Minnesota.

This seminar, entitled “So You Want to Start a Charter School,” provides an overview of the chartering process in Minnesota: the purposes of charters, authorizing, contracting, legal requirements, funding, and the process from concept to reality. This seminar is intended to provide participants with answers to their big questions.
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Pierre Bottineau is state’s fi rst self-governed school

Pierre Bottineau French Immersion is the first school to open in Minnesota under the District-Created Site-Governed Schools law (123B.04), which was passed by the Minnesota legislature in 2009. The Minneapolis Board of Education approved the proposal in March of 2010 and the new public elementary school will open its doors in north Minneapolis in the fall of 2011.

The development of new schools, which includes Self-Governed Schools (SGS), is one of the core strategies in the MPS Strategic Plan to address the lowest 25% of low performing schools.  New schools aim to bring Minneapolis families a portfolio of quality schools with strong leaders and proven models to dramatically improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.
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MPS and MFT announce cost of tentative teachers’ contract

The Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers announced January 14 that the cost of the tentative two-year teachers’ contract totals approximately $10.9 m. Both parties agree that the tentative settlement was fair and reasonable considering the district’s difficult economic circumstances.

Both the union and school district praise teachers for tentatively agreeing to contribute $3 m in benefits and incentives. Most of the savings come from a two-year moratorium on certain existing benefits, decreasing the total package cost from approximately $14 m to approximately $11 m. 
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Saint Paul Public Schools extends student application deadline

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Superintendent Valeria S. Silva announced last week at the regular Board of Education meeting that applications for elementary and secondary students will be accepted and considered on time if turned in by March 22, 2011.

The date change allows families to complete the application process following March 15, 2011, when the Board is expected to take action on the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan.
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MPS to hold classes on March 11 to make up for snow days

Classes will be in session at Minneapolis Public Schools on March 11 to make up for snow days that took place on December 13 and 14, 2010. Students originally were not scheduled to be in class on March 11 due to professional development for elementary school staff and parent-teacher conferences for high school staff and families. March 11 was identified as a makeup day after a review of the MPS calendar.

Because school will be in session on March 11, parent-teacher conferences will be moved to February 18 for all students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Staff professional development formerly slated for February 18 for secondary school staff and March 11 for elementary school staff will now take place on May 9.
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