Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools has rolled out a new achievement program that will specifically address the needs of the largest demographic group within the district — black males.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the identity of the 17-year-old who was shot and killed over the weekend. Police were called to the 1600 block of Newton Avenue North just before 2 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting.
A teacher at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis is behind bars and accused of soliciting a minor for sex. Early Tuesday afternoon, social studies teacher Joel Fowler was arrested by St. Paul Police.
Dot Harris is the director of the office of Economic Impact and Diversity for the Obama administration. She’s in Minneapolis to speak on behalf of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics eduation – and she’s trying to get students to think about entering the field of science.
At Steven Brown’s award-winning Tilia in south Minneapolis, you won’t find mac and cheese on the “Cootie Catcher” kids’ menu. The shrimp fried rice is good, real, scratch cooking. But Brown’s making good kids’ food inside and out of his restaurant.
Over the years, school lunches have gotten a bad reputation. But recently, there have been many new efforts to improve the taste and nutrition of cafeteria food. Life Time Fitness announced Tuesday that its foundation is awarding a $550,000 grant to Minneapolis Public Schools. The money will be used to purchase new food-service equipment and enable the nutrition staff to remove unhealthy ingredients from school menus.
Representatives from some of the state’s largest school districts say there are more homeless children now than ever before. Superintendents from St. Paul and Minneapolis schools joined lawmakers on Wednesday to push for $100 million for more affordable housing.
Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the worst graduation rates for black males in the country. In response, the district is starting a Black Male Initiative office to address and correct the problem of low graduation rates.
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers voted to ratify the contract agreement reached earlier this month with Minneapolis Public Schools Saturday. Votes were tallied Saturday morning after voting closed Friday night at 11:59 p.m.
Local hip-hop artist Dessa will be joined by hundreds of students from Minneapolis Public Schools during an upcoming performance. The musician teamed up with local composer Jocelyn Hagen to write a song that students will perform in late April. One of the final rehearsals was held Friday at Patrick Henry High School.
School districts around the state are starting to make up days cancelled due to the extreme cold. In some cases, school was closed as many as six days this winter because of the sub-zero temperatures.
Minneapolis Police are investigating the alleged sexual assaults of two 10-year-old girls, which took place Wednesday morning on the playground at Anderson Elementary School. Joleana Williams, a parent of one of the alleged victims, says the assaults started as a game of chase between two 10-year-girls and three of their male classmates. “It turned into the boys aggressively chasing them. My daughter fell and one of the boys got on top of her,” Williams said.
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will offer its first-ever Spring Break Academy as part of an effort to reduce the learning gap and increase student achievement, Superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson announced Tuesday night.
More severely cold temperatures are expected to hit Minnesota on Monday, and that means school could be cancelled yet again for thousands of students. Mary Olson, spokesperson for Anoka-Hennepin Schools, says the district has received many phone calls from parents asking if schools will be closed Monday due to the predicted cold. She says the district will wait until Sunday to make the call, but they will cancel school if the weather is cold as or colder than it’s been on previous “cold days.”
Thousands of school kids across the state got to stay home again Thursday because of the extreme cold. This is the third day this month, the sub-zero temperatures have kept students out of class and that’s very unusual for Minnesota school districts.