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African American boys pushed into the disciplinary gap

Charles Hallman, Minnnesota Spokesman-Recorder, May 30th, 2012 – Panelists attribute stereotyping for high suspension rates The African American Males in Education Advisory (AAMEA), a Minnesota Minority Education Partnership committee, is exploring ways to address disproportionate discipline and suspension rates for Black male students. “It’s a group of 10 educators, community members and student advisory groups […]

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Mike Ciresi on education equity: ‘We’re in it for the long term’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 30, 2012 – Mike Ciresi Mike Ciresi has never been accused of being a quiet man. The most famous of the courtroom victories to come of his four decades as a trial attorney was the $6 billion the tobacco industry paid in 1998 to settle a suit with the state of Minnesota. Before […]

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Don’t regress to the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’ in Minnesota schools

Pioneer Press Editorial, May 23, 2012 – The federal No Child Left Behind law was ushered in a decade ago with high hopes and the promise to end the “soft bigotry of low expectations” in our schools. Minnesota’s first look at its test scores under a new rating system brings to mind the Bush-era phrase […]

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New online resource focuses on ‘What Works’ in anti-bias efforts

Christina Killion Valdez, Rochester Post-Bulletin, May 14, 2012 – Sometimes success, especially in terms of anti-bias work, is hard to quantify. That’s why a new project by the Diversity Council highlights what works. “What Works: Success Stories in Anti-Bias Education”is an online compilation of success stories about people working to end prejudice and discrimination. The “What Works” […]

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Civil rights groups seek federal review of Texas public schools after curriculum changes

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press (Star Tribune), December 20, 2010 – HOUSTON – Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators of violating federal civil rights laws after curriculum changes approved earlier this year by the Texas Board of Education. The request to the U.S. […]

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