Headlines: Brown Power Base fights to desegregate schools



Brown Power Base fights to desegregate schools
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
“Brown Power!” shouted a small, diverse group of community members. An enthusiastic Cheryl Morgan-Spencer worked quickly to rally the crowd and get them interested in the topic at hand. “Change is good,” she said with a confident smile.

Long-term care workers: Overworked and underpaid
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
The workers who care for some of the state’s most vulnerable people are leaving the profession in droves – and Governor Tim Pawlenty’s proposed budget cuts will only make it worse.

Diverse U? – A look at diversity at the University
by Emma Carew, Minnesota Daily
Once upon a time on a campus not so far from here, a University president spoke the words of a dream: to become one of the top three public research universities in the world.


Theater note: Startling Love Person
by Michael Opperman, TC Daily Planet
Mixed Blood’s Love Person is startling and evocative—but when the play began, I was skeptical.

City, Seward looking for neighborhood history
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) is asking residents and others to help it dig up some neighborhood history.

Sharing the benefit, sharing the cost
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
For nearly two decades, first as a city council member, then a state legislator and finally state transportation commissioner, Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau pushed for a new, four-lane Hwy. 212 that would pass less than a mile from her 40-acre farm in Chaska.


Kersten: Keep church and state separate, at least when the “church” is Islamic
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
In yesterday’s Strib, the ever-vigilant Katherine Kersten blew the whistle on what she deems a disturbing violation of the doctrine of church/state separation by a local charter school founded by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. “The line between religion and culture is often blurry,” warns Kersten. “Under the U.S. and state constitutions, a public school can accommodate students’ religious beliefs but cannot encourage or endorse religion.” The object of her disapproval is the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) in Inver Grove Heights. “TIZA raises troubling issues about taxpayer funding of schools that cross that line,” she frets.


A huge help for parents
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
“I need to know about this!” That’s what Sheri Demou, a Lakeville parent told me about a workshop she recently attended about Youngsters and the Internet. Demou was one of more than 150 people who attended a terrific Saturday morning Parent Fair, put on by the Lakeville and Farmington school districts. More than a dozen workshops covered an array of topics. While the workshop happened in a suburb, the topics certainly also apply to urban families.