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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Safe and supportive schools

On March 3rd, kids from my school joined hundreds of other kids from the Twin Cities for a rally at the Capitol. We were there to encourage lawmakers to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act” — also known as the anti-bullying bill. This bill will take Minnesota from having the weakest anti-bullying law in the country to the strongest. At the rally there were many kids who held signs that listed how they had been bullied. Not surprising since “11 percent of all kids are bullied weekly; over 30 percent (say) they’re viewed as different.”

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Safety in everyday realities: The biggest challenges to the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act are yet to come

It’s a bright and shiny day in Minnesota, with the temperature working its way into the 70s for the first time in months. It’s a bright and shiny day, too, because Governor Mark Dayton will sign the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act at a ceremony on the State Capitol steps at four o’clock this afternoon.

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House repasses bill toughening bullying standards

Rep. Jim Davnie answers a member’s question during the April 8 debate to concur with the Senate amendments to HF826. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

It has been nearly a year since the House passed the proposed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act after a highly contentious debate.

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