What has students in the streets? Outrageous amounts of student debt, the disappearing right to an affordable education, and the corporatization of education.
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When administrators revealed a plan last spring to shut down North High School — one of only two public schools on Minneapolis’ embattled north side — MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and other activists answered the call. Continue Reading →
MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and North Minneapolis activists yesterday called on Minneapolis Public Schools to divest from Wells Fargo Bank — which they say has exacerbated the mortgage foreclosure crisis — especially in hard-luck North Minneapolis. Continue Reading →
North Minneapolis food entrepreneurs use Kindred Kitchen to learn about starting their own business, making their food safely and legally in a commercial kitchen, and marketing it within the community. Continue Reading →
President Obama tells the American people that it is time to raise the standards of our education system so that every classroom is a place of high expectations and high performance.
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About 200 angry citizens gathered at Wayzata Country Club outside of the Twin Cities where they hoisted puppet versions of members of Congress members as an airplane flew overhead towing a banner that read, “Where’s our piece of the pie? JOBS NOW.” Continue Reading →
Despite a down economy, people in Cannon Falls, Minnesota are optimistic after listening to President Obama. Continue Reading →
Protesters are upset over Congressman John Kline’s vote to make large cuts in government spending, but doing little to create jobs. Continue Reading →
“Maybe this log jam can be broken if people just sit down and all we’re going to do is talk about the dollars.” –Teacher in Rochester, Minnesota Continue Reading →
Following his participation in a roundtable discussion at the Apollo School for special needs children in St. Cloud, Tuesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton briefed reporters on the government shutdown and the current political impasse over funding. Continue Reading →
State Senator Dave Brown of Becker, Minnesota is apparently breaking away from his fellow Republicans and is supporting some of the new revenue proposals that Governor Mark Dayton has recently made. Continue Reading →
School Board Association, Blind Inc and others continue to get funding. Arc Minnesota does not. Continue Reading →
Several thousand union members rallied at the State Capitol to lament the public-sector workers who are unemployed under a government shutdown, to protest the GOP’s all-cuts budget, and to commend Governor Dayton for fighting to increase taxes on Minnesota millionaires. Continue Reading →
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talked to The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen at Netroots Nation about the Minneapolis Promise, the mayor’s plan to export Minnesota’s crazy politicians (and keep the sane ones) and how he will appeal to the White House for federal aid for North Minneapolis, which was ravaged by a tornado on May 22. Continue Reading →
“People are tearing down the American dream, and we want to build it back up,” progressive visionary Van Jones told The UpTake during an interview on the final day of Netroots Nation 2011. Continue Reading →
President Obama speaks to the American people about how the government is partnering with the private sector to make sure workers have the skills and training they need in this economy. Continue Reading →
Problem: Too much of what used to be public has been “privatized” making it expensive and inaccessible.
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Governor Dayton today vetoed the Minnesota Education Policy bill for several reasons. One provision of the bill requires teachers to do three years of probation when they move to a new school. Continue Reading →
US Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. was the keynote speaker at the Blueprint for Action Conference, a gathering of civic leaders dedicated to preventing youth violence in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →
Not ready for primetime? Minnesota’s Republican Minority voted to keep debating and voting on cuts to education through the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The votes on higher education and other education budget bills wasn’t widely seen because TV coverage of the House ended at 1 AM. Continue Reading →
Problem: industrial pollution more disproportionally affects minorities than affluent whites.
Solution: teaching young people how to spread the word on protecting the environment and fighting pollution Continue Reading →
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush presents his state’s formula for student achievement, then holds a news conference together with Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers (GOP). DFL legislators then respond. Continue Reading →
Journalist Chris Hedges spoke Wednesday night at Macalester College’s Weyerhauser Memorial Chapel in an event sponsored by the Saint Paul school’s Institute for Global Citizenship. Continue Reading →
Ads are meant to be alluring. Who hasn’t been pulled in by an ad that promised more than it delivered? When that happens, you always have the option of taking the product back. But it’s hard to return a college experience. Continue Reading →
With the Minnesota budget crunch, there is pressure in the legislature to increase revenues from School Trust Lands. To some in the legislature there is concern that the DNR management protects the environment rather than extracting the maximum short term gains from the lands. Continue Reading →