Minneapolis moves toward restorative justice, deemphasizes punishment

(Photo courtesy of Restorative Justice Community Action) Minneapolis residents Manu Lewis and Vincent De Lusia volunteer with RJCA to talk with nonviolent criminal offenders as part of a reconciliation plan, meant to help offenders face how their actions affect the community.

When a University of Minnesota student got arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, instead of finding himself in front of a judge, he found himself in front of Bill and Susan Engel.

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OPINION | MN Child Protection League continues its assault on LGBT community

The MN Child Protection League Action PAC [CPLActionPAC] issued an action alert to their current followers concerning the Transgender Athletic Policy coming up for a vote on December 4, 2014. They claim that the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] is not listening to “you” and have urged their members to call the MSHSL and regurgitate their tired talking points to oppose the policy.

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MPS puts all Black and Latino suspensions under review to combat discipline bias

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) newly announced “aggressive steps” to reduce Black student nonviolent suspensions are now in place.

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When best isn't good enough to end child homelessness

Nearly 1 million more children are homeless in our country than in 2010, according to a new report called "America's Youngest Outcasts," by the American Institutes for Research and The National Center on Family Homelessness. One in 30 children in the nation is experiencing homelessness. The report is based on recently released 2012-2013 data.

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Transgender inclusion, marriage equality, and anti-bullying at issue in Minnesota House debates

Despite a media narrative that LGBT issues are not a campaign issue in 2014, those issues have come up multiple times in debates across the state.

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Minneapolis school board race Voter Guide: A community focus

With the November election days away, many Minneapolis residents are wondering which candidates to support for the open spots on the city’s school board.

Enter the new Voter Guide, from the non-partisan Coalition for Quality Public Schools.

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Youth activism: Washburn High School theater teaches advocacy

(Photo by Regina Marie Wallace)

Eshay Brantley didn’t know what to expect walking into the Theatre I class at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.

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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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