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


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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Repairing, Reimagining, and Redefining Minnesota Public Schools

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On Thursday, November 29, 146 parents, teachers and education administrators gathered at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove to begin a journey for people of faith to repair, reimagine, and redefine Minnesota public schools.

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Education Commissioner Appoints ISAIAH staff member to Finance Working Group


Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius has appointed ISAIAH Lead Organizer Phyllis M. Hill to the Education Finance Working Group.  Hill, with ISAIAH since 2008, has distinguished herself as a leader in developing education policy and working to close the racial equity gap in our schools.

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