Minneapolis may restrict flavored tobacco products

(Photos courtesy of NorthPoint) Blong Yang 5th Ward councilman Blong Yang 5th Ward councilman addressing tobacco summit participants.

The City of Minneapolis could be changing its ordinances to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.

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Despite financial lull, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood advocates remain hopeful

(Photo by Katie Nelson) St. Paul School Board member Keith Hardy greets the students of Freedom School on July 25. The Freedom School is a component of the SPPN initiative, which provides holistic academic and social support to children and their families living within a 250-square block area of St. Paul. 

It’s early Friday morning and students from the Freedom School on Concordia Ave. are greeting each other over the rumbling of a djembe drum. Staff members are playing loud, kid-friendly hip-hop music from gym speakers while little ones are eagerly expending their morning energy with some impromptu dancing, call-and-response and a little bit of reading aloud.

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25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.

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Art Rolnick: Support all high quality Pre-K programs equally

In a recent commentary, Minnesota 2020 advocated for “helping school districts grow their early learning programs.” I agree with Minnesota 2020 that early education is a very sound public investmen

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Asylum for migrant minors - A letter to HHS and DHS from teachers

This letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and Jeh Johnson
, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, on behalf of the League of Latino

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Five things AP didn't tell you about young immigrants

The plight of tens of thousands of children coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala is a political football, with slogans substituting for understanding. On July 9, AP published Young immigrants or refugees: 5 things you need to know — but their list omitted crucial information. Here’s essential information you need to know, but wouldn’t find in the AP article.

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Are children working on Minnesota school construction sites?

The Laborers Union says a youth under age 18 was working on this school construction site in Minnetonka, in possible violation of state and federal law.

The Laborers International Union has identified a second possible case of child labor being used on Minnesota construction sites and has alerted authorities at both the state and national level.

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Politics plaguing school lunches

If you haven’t heard, the national 2010 legislation requiring schools to include more whole grains, vegetables and fruits at the cost of gradually reducing starch, sodium and calories is under attack by the big-food-corporation-funded School Nutrition Association.

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Resolving refugee crisis at border stymied by U.S. Policy

The United States’ response to the refugee crisis that has developed at the US-Mexico border endangers the human rights of thousands of migrants. At the current pace, an estimated 90,000 children will arrive at the southern border by the end of 2014.[1] Many of these children have endured long, extremely dangerous journeys that involve the risk of rape, robbery, beatings, and sex trafficking.

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Video: Breaking school-to-prison pipelines

Students, parents and teachers are demanding Minnesota eliminate school-related discipline practices that heighten certain acts to criminal offenses. It would go a long way in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately targets youth of color. Getting school resources officers (which are police stationed in schools) out of the buildings will also limit the number of students who wind up in the criminal justice system, researchers and activists say.

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