Headlines: Public schools send students to church



Public schools send students to church
by Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
On Wednesday afternoons, six to ten students from Minneapolis’ Folwell Middle School trek to the church across the street for tutoring, snacks and money management lessons. It is one small example of the Minneapolis Public School’s new and growing faith-based initiative.

Moving in on harmful housing deals
by Gail Olson, North News
On the North Side, community residents found T.J. Waconia’s footprints all over the housing crisis. “We started tracking them, monitoring inspections orders, taxes, water bills. They were almost always paying the property taxes, but often not paying the water bills. They owe the city many thousands of dollars in unpaid fees. The properties were not being maintained. Many ended up vacant.”

Governor proposes $34 million tax increase on low-income renters
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
In his proposed budget, Governor Pawlenty cuts the renters’ property tax refund by $34 million, raising the portion of property taxes paid by renters by $34 million.


What’s next for Tuttle building?
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Residents gathered in recent months to consider possible uses for the now-closed Tuttle Community School building at 1042 18th Ave. SE. At meetings headed by Urban Design Lab for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), attendees were asked to brainstorm ideas.

Musette at the Market
by Sharon Parker, Minneapolis Observer Quarterly
Musette Cinq is the first CD from the ensemble Sidewalk Cafe.

The significance of culture in Hmong art
by Carlos Gallego, Asian American Press
Seexeng Lee lectured on the history of the Hmong. The group originated in China and in the 1800’s and they began to migrate to other countries including North Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. There are many groups of Hmong. The White Hmong, for example, are identified by their white dresses and Green Hmong by the batik fabric. He also shared that there are also many other Hmong groups including Striped Hmong, Black Hmong and Red Hat Hmong, in part one is able to identify to which group an individual belongs by their clothing.


Minneapolis government ethics: How many gaps?
by Chris Steller, Minnesota Monitor
On March 21, the Minneapolis City Council officially accepted an annual report from the city’s Ethical Practices Board that included this item from the board’s 2008 to-do list: “Research issues related to potential gaps in the City’s conflict of interest ordinance.”


Skepticism over starting fresh
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
How were things like cars, computers, and cell phones created? They were developed by people who started over, questioning current assumptions. Inventors of the automobile did not just trying to develop a stronger horse to pull a wagon. I mention this because of some responses to a recent column I wrote, describing the possibilities of UMORE Park, a “new community” that the University of Minnesota will create in the Rosemount area over the next 25 years.