Are Minneapolis' school board seats being bought?

This negative ad mailer targeting DFL Minneapolis school board incumbent Rebecca Gagnon was paid for by the Minneapolis Progressive Education Fund. The advocacy group has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to go toward the Minneapolis school board election, with most of it coming from out-of-state donors.

Will a seat, or two, on the Minneapolis school board be sold to the highest bidder?

The amount of money flowing into the 2014 Minneapolis school board race is enormous, according to the campaign finance reports that were submitted by candidates and various advocacy groups.

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Not enough time: Following up on school board candidate forums

The November election is less than two weeks away, and for the four at-large candidates for the Minneapolis school board, it’s candidate forum time.

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Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 

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Bullies and building communities

It's October, so this is a good month to talk about the things and people that have scared us or tried to scare us over the years. Some of those fears were justified, and many were not. For those of us with roots in Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia who escaped the wars, this is an interesting question.

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Leading by example: New youth directors to lead Trans Youth Support Network

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Left to right, TYSN financial director Jakob Rumble, development and sustainability director Jahleel Princeton Arcani, fundraising and communications director La’Niya Dixon; not pictured, program director Tayvon Caples.

Local trans youth can now officially turn to their peers for help in navigating a system they say doesn’t accommodate their needs.

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Minnesota League tables trans-inclusive policy under mounting opposition

(Photo by Sheila Regan) Becky Swenson expresses her opposition to the proposed trans-inclusive policy at the Oct. 2 Minnesota State High School League board meeting.

Zeam Porter just wants to play basketball. A trans youth who is a junior in high school, Porter played for the women’s team last year, and was constantly misgendered and called the wrong name. Porter won Most Improved Player, but today feels the trophy was a lie.

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Student bonfire sheds light on college access

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Students from Augsburg, Macalester, St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota gathered around a bonfire in Como Park last Saturday, Sept. 27 to discuss topics like the achievement gap, college access and the coverage of minorities in the media.

Huddled around a bonfire in Como Park, eating s’mores, 14 college students sat and told each other a different kind of horror story — the story of the state’s achievement gap.

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Star Tribune runs full-page anti-transgender ad

(Photo by Andy Birkey) The full-page ad, published in the Sept. 28 Star Tribune sports section, was from the Minnesota Child Protection League, targeting a proposed policy to allow transgender students to participate in high school athletics.

The Minnesota Child Protection League, an anti-LGBT group that opposes LGBT inclusion in the state’s public schools, bought an ad in the Sunday Star Tribune. The ad says, “A male wants to shower beside your 14 year old daughter. Are you okay with that?”

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Photos: Too young to wed

I’m traveling to Geneva next week along with representatives of the International Oromo Youth Association to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to talk about children’s rights in Ethiopia. We submitted a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in July, and the Committee invited us to meet with Committee members in a 2.5 hour, closed-door session next Friday.

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Daniel Lattier: It's time to decentralize our schools

When I discuss the problems in Minnesota’s education system with others, I frequently reference one telling statistic more than any other.

No, it’s not proficiency scores; and it’s not graduation rates.

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