University of Minnesota panel refocuses Washington football mascot controversy on protecting youth

Bellecourt speaks during panel dissusssion.

On November 5, the University of Minnesota hosted a symposium on race in sports and media for a more in-depth discussion of the issues surrounding the controversy over the Washington football team'


St. Paul teachers' union head advocates 'solution-driven' approach to close gaps

St. Paul Federation of Teachers president Mary Cathryn Ricker speaking at the October 23 Achievement Gap Forum in Minneapolis

St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) president Mary Cathryn Ricker spelled out her union’s new proposal, called the “Schools St.


'Creepy' and 'invasive' school district survey revised for 2013-2014

Minneapolis Public Schools teacher Flory Sommers

“We all feel like a family.”

“My teacher is distracted by other children.”

“What adults do you live with?” (Followed by a list of options)


Ojibwe youth takes on education reform through Minnesota Youth Council

Lupe Thornhill at Pow Wow Grounds Coffee, a Native-owned business on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis

Guadalupe Thornhill, an Ojibwe youth from Saint Paul, hears many stereotypes about youth like her.


Minneapolis Roosevelt High parent advocates greater academic challenge, more parent involvement

Minneapolis parent Rachel Skildum-LeGarde and her children

When Minneapolis parent Rachel Skildum-LeGarde is asked about what she is looking for in a school for her children, her answer comes quickly: she wants challenging and rigorous academics, strong ar


Wading in to the Opt Out Movement

Yesterday, my seventh grade daughter took the MAP (Measuring Academic Progress) test at her school.


Peggy Flanagan, new head of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, knows challenges of childhood poverty

Peggy Flanagan: “There are incredible opportunities right now in the state of Minnesota.”(MinnPost photo by Cynthia Boyd)

Peggy Flanagan, the new executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, can put a real face on childhood poverty: her own.


Who attends the Minneapolis Hotbox 27?

As you may have noticed, it's been hot recently. This has caused a host of problems, including some pretty big ones in Minneapolis. 27 schools have been closed for the remainder of the week because of nonexistent or inadequate air conditioning. It's obviously difficult for students to learn in a hotbox, and excessive heat can aggravate many health conditions.


Will greater unity help "close the gaps"?

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There were two marches held in Minneapolis on August 24th, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sequestration cuts 1,000 children from Head Start in Minnesota

That low, plaintive sound you hear is the sound of early learning advocates across the state lamenting cuts in the federal Head Start program.

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