Daily Planet headlines: Gender-separate school proposal sparks controversy in St. Paul



“Gender-separate school proposal sparks controversy”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8490
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Big changes are coming to North End elementary school in St. Paul, according to school district officials. Plans include separate classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through third grade, beginning in September. Beyond that, details are less clear.

“Contract negotiations underway for Minneapolis teachers”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8475
by Dan Gordon, KFAI
Teachers in Minneapolis’ public schools are heading into negotiation for a new contract. Emma Hickson, chief negotiator representing Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59, says the school district hopes to bring the new contract more in line with its strategic goals of closing the student achievement gap. At the moment, Minneapolis teachers are allowed to transfer into new positions based upon their seniority. Hickson said the school district would like to change that model by changing the way teachers obtain school assignments and even how they’re laid off. Minneapolis Federation of Teachers president Robert Panning-Miller says the city needs to consider reducing class sizes to close the gap.

“The state of healthcare for Minnesota’s Latinos: Where do we go from here?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8453
Staff Writers, La Prensa
How many of us “shop” for clinics, doctors and other health care providers, getting references from patients and researching quality of care issues that have the potential to affect ourselves and our families? How many of us seek second opinions about health care options and treatments? The fact is that health care quality can—and does—vary widely. Many of us, as health care consumers, are not as aware of those variations or of our right to make informed decisions about our medical care as we should be. More important, most of us wouldn’t know where to find this information if we were to go looking for it.


“Grave desecration committee presents report”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8451
by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
State Senator Mee Moua and members of the Mayor Christopher B. Coleman’s City of St. Paul’s Delegation to Thailand for the Wat Graves Fact Finding mission, presented their report at the Saint Paul City Council Meeting on Wednesday. The report details the findings and recommendations from their delegation that traveled to Thailand from September 21-29, 2007.

“In full bloom”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8219
by Shannon Drury, Minnesota Women’s Press
Jeanne Weigum – a quintessential activist

“Hybrid buses now going ’round and ’round Twin Cities”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8274
by Anna Ewart, Minnesota Daily
The cities’ new green buses actually are ‘greener.’


“Keep it local. Keep it small.”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8429
by Mary Ann Knox, Uptown Neighborhood News
I had dinner recently with my sister and some friends – they talked about how we are coming to the season when everyone is stressed out and miserable. I was puzzled and asked who is miserable and stressed out? They all gave me “the look,” then nodded soberly and told me that I live in a different world from the rest of humans – I don’t understand that EVERYBODY else is stressed out about Christmas shopping, they say. I don’t buy it – literally and figuratively, I guess. If everyone is stressed, I’m sad to hear it. But I believe a lot of people spend some quality time with people they love, and enjoy the traditions and trappings of the season without going nuts. It is a choice.