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A Bird’s Eye View of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Education

Homeroom: U.S. Department of Education’s official blog, February 16 Our nation has made incredible strides in education over the past few years. The national graduation rate is at an all-time high and a million more black and Hispanic students are now in college. That’s progress we can all be proud of. But we still have critical […]

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St. Paul’s Promise Neighborhood promotes achievement through support

Anthony Lonetree, StarTribune, May 2, 2014 Dominiques Perkins works a steady job two blocks from the State Capitol. She’s raising four kids in a stable home about 2 miles away. For the spark to make it happen, she thanks Pam James. Perkins is a single mother living in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, a 250-block area in which […]

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Q&A with Melvin Carter: Trying to break the poverty cycle in St. Paul

Sarah Butrymowicz, MinnPost, March 15, 2013 – Since the Harlem Children’s Zone began in the 1990s, dozens of cities around the country have attempted to mimic its programs and strategies for breaking the cycle of poverty through education. In 2010, St. Paul joined the list with its own “Promise Neighborhood.” The effort was spearheaded, in part, […]

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St. Paul Promise Neighborhood hurt by federal snub but not halted

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, February 11, 2013 – Supporters of an ambitious St. Paul education initiative are pledging to keep it going after a second snub from the federal government. A partnership of local agencies and nonprofits launched the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood in 2010 with a $500,000 federal planning grant and support from local benefactors. […]

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At St. Paul’s Maxfield Elementary, low ranking masks real transformation

Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 09, 2012 – Two conflicting stories are being told about Maxfield Elementary school in St. Paul. Minnesota’s new system for determining which schools are struggling and which are succeeding paints a picture of a school in trouble. Maxfield has been labeled a “priority school,” the lowest ranking in Minnesota’s Multiple Measurement Ranking […]

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What do Rybak and Coleman think about mayoral control of schools?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 7, 2012 – MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen Mayor R.T. Rybak: “I’ve said to people, put the responsibility for the achievement gap on my shoulders.” Say what you will about stadiums, property taxes, snow removal and all of the other items by which our mayors live and die politically, Minneapolis and […]

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Geoffrey Canada in Minneapolis: ‘Get ready for your moment’

Julie Kendrick, MinnPost, April 20, 2012 – Photo by Bill Kelley Geoffrey Canada speaks to the National Service-Learning Conference and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference. Can one individual make a difference in the lives of many? Convention-goers in Minneapolis heard a resounding “yes” to that question from one man who did it, and in a big […]

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Family Academy’s ‘cradle to career’ effort under way in north Minneapolis

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, February 17, 2012 – Sitting cross-legged on the floor Saturday at Family Academy in the Northside Achievement Zone, six moms and their children sing a song that could signal a sea change for some north Minneapolis families. It’s a simple ditty, a preschool tradition perhaps more common to wealthier areas of town, sung […]

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Promise grant will allow Neighborhood Achievement Zone to scale up north Minneapolis ‘cradle to career’ program

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 20, 2011 – Courtesy of NAZ “Though this grant is great, I want to remind us that the needs in the zone are even greater,” said Northside Achievement Zone director Sondra Samuels. Tornadoes, foreclosures, homicides and an unemployment rate that won’t quit climbing — it’s about time the prize patrol visited […]

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Geoffrey Canada: Here’s how Minnesota can close its achievement gap in schools

Lynda McDonnell, MinnPost, May 28, 2009 – African-American children from poor families can catch up with the test scores and graduation rates of middle-class white children, the head of one of the nation’s more audacious social experiments told a Minneapolis audience Wednesday. “If you intervene early, you can fix this problem,” said Geoffrey Canada, president […]

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