Today in the Daily Planet, 9/14/07



“English Language Learners find success in Saint Paul Public Schools”:
by Betsy Mowry, Special to the TC Daily Planet
The Saint Paul Public Schools district (SPPS) has the largest enrollment of English Language Learners (ELL) in the state of Minnesota, with 40% of all students receiving ELL services. St. Paul’s ELL students have tested higher on the Test of Emerging Academic English than students in the rest of the state for three years. They have also narrowed the math and reading achievement gaps between ELL and non-ELL students in St. Paul each year.

“Unfinished business?”:
by N. Busse, Session Weekly
Legislators kept a narrow focus on flood relief during the Sept. 11 special session, but some said the Legislature was leaving unfinished business.

“Refugees held hostage at Nong Khai detention center”:
by Joe Davy, Hmong Times
For over 9 months now, a group of roughly 150 Lao Hmong refugees remain detained at a Thai Immigration Detention Center (IDC) with no signs of ever being released. Even though the group has already received official UNHCR refugee status, they continue to be held under hostage-like conditions.


“Two faiths, two seasons: one goal”:
by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor
For Jews and Muslims, the sacred seasons of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan, both of which began this week, mark a period of introspection and a quest for atonement.


“Sanctuary Has Arrived”:
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread

“A menu of local choices”:
by Kelly Westhoff, The Mix

Kosher wine: If it’s good enough for winos and the prophet Elijah, it’s good enough for you”:
by Max Sparber, The Bottle Gang
Reflections on Mad Dog and Mogen David and mevushai


“See the forest”:
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
When you study Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s policy programs, do you see forest or trees?


“Fortieth reunion: Taking stock”:
By Steve Young, The Fifth Column