Education

Stop Suspending Our Children! A Prayer Vigil, Sunday August 23

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Disciplinary practices in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) disproportionately impact children of color, often setting in motion the school-to-prison pipeline. In response, people of faith will gather at MPS headquarters to pray for healing that leads to a school system where children of color are treated as sacred and deserving of nurture and care.

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Minneapolis School Board Candidate Equity Survey Results

ISAIAH leaders from several of our Minneapolis congregations joined together to interview and survey Minneapolis School Board candidates to assist our members in making informed voting decisions.  These soon-to-be elected officials set policy and oversee the district’s budget, curriculum, personnel, and facilities. Their authority has far-reaching impact on whether each of God’s children receive an equitable education.

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Eyeing racial disparities, schools trying to cut down on suspensions | Minnesota Public Radio News – 4/15/14

Tim Post · St. Paul, Minn. ·

Aiming to change school discipline policies that disproportionately suspend students of color, school districts in Minnesota are trying alternatives to kicking kids out of school.

According the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 60 percent of suspensions and expulsions last year were of black, Latino, Asian, Native American and other students of color, even though they’re only a quarter of the student population.

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Religious Leaders Announce Initiative to End Mass Suspensions in Minnesota

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A coalition of religious leaders joined parents and teachers for a press conference at the Capitol on March 6, 2014, to announce plans to end the crisis caused by mass suspensions and expulsions in our public schools.

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Study Shows that Racial Integration in Schools Leads to Better Health Outcomes

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ST. PAUL, MN (April 15, 2013) – New research shows that there is a strong correlation between the quality, amount, richness, and diversity of educational experience and improved physical and mental health—such as longer life, fewer illnesses, and better personal habits.

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