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A better way to assess students
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
“No Child Left Behind” is deeply flawed. One of its most troubling aspects is the rigid, unreasonable way it determines student performance.

After the Carnival is over
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
The 2008 St. Paul Winter Carnival has come to an end. Most organizers and participants have packed up their talents and put them away for another year. Not everyone. Not the wood carvers who demonstrated their skills at Black Bear Crossings on the Lake in Como Park. Periodically throughout the year, they will show their art at the Historic Como Lakeside Pavilion.

North Minneapolis students give lessons on sex
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Instead of discouraging any mention of sex, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have filled the halls with sexual awareness. MPS joined with Girls in Action, UCare, Freemont Clinics, and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) to produce a documentary about sex. “Sexy without Sex” is a short documentary that provides information; not scare tactics.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Live Legislative TV coverage to be available statewide
by staff, Session Daily
When the legislative session starts on Feb. 12, the Minnesota Legislature, for the first time, will begin statewide, over-the-air broadcasting of legislative television coverage live from the Minnesota State Capitol. Coverage will be provided Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended evening and weekend coverage available for debates on high-profile issues.

MAD DADS outreach pulls community into Urban Ventures programs
by Raymond Jackson, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
It is amazing to be in the presence of this group of men called MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs & Social Disorder), as they do their part in assisting people with turning their lives into positive actions. Many are starting to notice MAD DADS’ ever growing community presence, which includes riding the more-traveled bus lines, allowing them to interact with many city youth.

Readers, Writers and Books

“Are there closets in heaven?”
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Carol Curoe was a dutiful daughter. Growing up, she was an excellent student, a hard worker, genuinely close to her parents and siblings. She strove, in particular, to please her father, and he was proud of her achievements. She even chose her college major and first profession, engineering, because Robert Curoe thought she’d be good at it.

NEW IN VOICES

A quest for change
by Tami Mohamed Brown, Minnesota Women’s Press
About mid-January I convinced myself that my home was desperately in need of new flooring. The winter blahs had dug in and my husband’s wet, snowy shoes were leaving the same sad black trails from the entry to the kitchen that they do every year. I was positive that the carpet, in its current state, was making me ill, full of impossible-to-remove, harmful allergens. A deep clean wasn’t going to cut it this year, as it has every year since moving into our little condo; we just needed a change.