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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Hiawatha Academies acquiesce to parent pressure; new school to open next fall

(Photo by Sheila Regan)

When Cynthia Smith was told Hiawatha Academies wouldn’t be opening their high school until 2019, she felt deceived.

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Torrey Westrom voted to cut child protection services funding in 2011

Child protection services politics in Minnesota have long been contentious, with cries for reform going up when a child dies, as is the circumstance with the death of Eric Dean,MORE »

BEHIND THE STORY | Bringing everybody together for Generation Next

Generation Next has been in the news recently after the organization, led by R.T. Rybak, revealed their  “Action Agenda” about how the they will take steps to close the achievement gap. The nonprofit is modeled after a successful partnership in Cincinnati called Strive Together, which brought together businesses, government leaders, school districts, nonprofits and community groups to breach the disparities between white students and students of color. Rather than embarking on a separate program of their own, Generation Next is building a coalition of different stakeholders and resources. 

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