Today in the Daily Planet, 10/17/07



“Voluntary desegregation in Minnesota: Where does it stand now?”:
by Erik Hare, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Should race be used as a factor in determining which students go to which schools in a district in order to achieve racial balance? The boards of education in Seattle in Louisville did just that. Last June the Supreme Court ruled that these plans were unconstitutional, starting a new chapter in an ongoing national debate. But what exactly does this mean for voluntary desegregation plans in Minnesota?

“Growing Gap: Minnesota’s teacher recruitment & retention crises”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
Undereducated Minnesotans. It’s a phrase that would have chilled our parents and grandparents. Minnesotans expect an excellent public education system – topflight teachers, administrators and staff; outstanding curriculum; nation-leading graduation rates. It’s an expectation as old as Minnesota, rooted in our immigrant tradition of hard work, sacrifice and the drive to get ahead.

“Saving a sinking SCHIP: Bush, Bachmann targeted by religious groups on the left and right”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
President Bush’s veto of an expanded State Children’s Health Insurance Program on Oct. 2 has ignited a debate over how to insure the nation’s most vulnerable citizens — children. The veto has caused a rift among some of Bush’s staunchest supporters: his Christian base.


“St Paul City Council Debate: Ward 6”:
Saint Paul City Council candidates Dan Bostrom and Pakou Hang talk with SPNN’s Mike Wassenaar about issues affecting Saint Paul and the Sixth Ward on the city’s East side.

“Black kids excel at St. Paul’s Washington Middle School”:
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
‘Disciplinary literacy’ method gets students more engaged

“Ballpark deal finally done”:
by Michelle Bruch, Downtown Journal
The cost of ballpark land, a number under negotiation for the past year, has been settled through a private mediation process. The land cost is $28,250,000 — plus the interest accrued during condemnation proceedings, which takes the price up to $28.9 million.


“Lessons from Jena”:
by Michelle Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality
The case of the Jena 6 was discussed with great interest on the internet for months with petitions and calls for justice. However, it took 100,000 people marching on the tiny town of Jena, Louisiana to finally help this story take hold in the mainstream media. Now, millions have been exposed to the ugly racial hatred of a “white” tree and nooses as well as the equally ugly systematic racial discrimination of unequal justice.

“Our prisons: Jailing and failing”:
Minnesota Daily
The U.S. prison system is in dire need of reform.


“Weather in Minnesota”:
by Eleanor Arnason, Facts and Fictions