Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges’ ‘Cradle-To-K Initiative’

The contest for Mayor of Minneapolis will bring a crowded field to the polls in November. Ranked Choice Voting will make it possible for voters to select their top three choices out of a field that numbers more than 30. Now that the filing period is over, contestants are working to separate themselves from the pack. Current City Council member Betsy Hodges is being more specific about her plans. On Monday Hodges released what she calls her “Cradle to K Initiative.” Betsy Hodges spoke with Mike Fischbein on The Morning Blend about the new proposal. [Audio below]

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Minnesota Director of American Indian Education Dennis Olson on Native students and the achievement gap

A few weeks ago, Dennis Olson was named as the new director of American Indian Education for the Minnesota Department of Education. His assignment is extremely important – to better serve the state’s American Indian students by working with the eleven tribal nations in Minnesota, and to improve student outcomes.Previously, Dennis Olson was the commissioner of education for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He talked with KFAI’s Flor Frey and Mike Fischbien, who asked about the stubborn achievement gap that plagues Native American students. [Audio below] Continue Reading