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• Who's Teaching in Minnesota? - licensure, certification, demographics
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• GED and Adult Education - programs, students, teachers
Minneapolis Five-Year Enrollment Plan
Achievement Gap 

School Discipline

Is there an app for that? Beyond MPS conversations and presentations

As one of nine Board members at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), this blog is a platform for my perspectives on community as a mother, teacher and policymaker. I do not speak for the Board; that is the role of the School Board Chair. Rather, this is an opportunity to find a space beyond the restrictions of a majority vote regarding governance topics. With this goal in mind, I present Why We Can’t Wait blog #2.

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Can you get fired for talking to a reporter?

So, what’s it like working for the clampdown?

For the past few weeks, I’ve wanted to pose this question to my friends and contacts who work for the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).

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Northside Forum builds alliances to bolster digital literacy

Forum participants engage in table discussion.

There was a time in our society when our relationship with technology was more like the Flintstones and less like the Jetsons.

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Dell project collapse offers learning opportunity to Saint Paul

On Friday, we got the news that the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has canceled a contract with Dell for the creation of a personalized learning system. The good news is that Dell is refunding most of the referendum money the district paid, giving back $665,000 of $715,000. The bad news is that much of this could have been avoided.

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After stifled protests, University of Minnesota faculty want policy change

Some University of Minnesota faculty members say the school’s policies impede students’ constitutional rights.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | 200 pack Osseo school district Parents of Color meeting

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Jay Clark

Full house at Osseo District Parents of Color Meeting (Photos by Jay Clark)

 On May 22, More than 200 people crammed the main meeting room at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center to participate in the Community Town Hall for Parents of Color in the Osseo School District. Most of the participating parents were African immigrants and African Americans. The meeting was hosted  by African Immigrant Services and Legacy Family Center. 

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Legislators mostly listened to students/community activists urging more info about Post Sec Options

 “As a graduate of the PSEO Program I can honestly say that participating is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made, and I would encourage every student to participate in this program, a

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Ben Peck and Minneapolis Public Schools: Ten years and out, without a warning

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Change has been a constant this year for the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Information Technology department. In addition to bringing on Rich Valerga, its third Chief Information Officer in eighteen months, thirty-four of the department’s approximately sixty employees have been fired, laid off, excessed, or have resigned their positions and left the district.

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Krishna Pathak: Hostile environment in Minneapolis Public Schools IT department

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Krishna Pathak, like his former colleague Ben Peck, was a manager in the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Information Technology (IT) department for many years. Pathak started in the district in 2001 and resigned his position as Director of Application Services in December 2013, as a show of support for Peck, who was fired that month by Rich Valerga, the district’s current Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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Valerga's vision: Technology in Minneapolis Public Schools

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Under Rich Valerga’s tenure as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the district’s information technology department has undergone extensive changes, most notably in terms of who is employed there. As of May 2014, thirty-four of the department’s approximately sixty employees had been laid off, “excessed,” fired, or otherwise let go. This has left many current and former IT employees wondering what Valerga’s vision is for the IT department.

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