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Mayoral candidate Don Samuels: two-term Minneapolis City Council member

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Councilmember Don Samuels says he is the only mayoral candidate that has “clarity of vision” to work on eliminating the city’s racial disparities. “Nobody has the clarity of vision and the loftiness of vision that I have for this community,” he claims.

“I made sure that I penned with my own hand to include the language of participation goals [32 percent Blacks and other people of color] of any project funded by City dollars,” says Samuels on workforce diversity on the Vikings stadium project. “I thought it was going to be a sweet deal for us moving from 11 percent to 32 percent on a $1 billion project. From here on out, it’s a matter of oversight…to make sure that this thing is happening from beginning to end and through the completed Vikings stadium operation.”

Samuels supports the recent city council-endorsed streetcar plan, a 3.4-mile line that would run from Lake Street to 5th Street Northeast along Nicollet, then cross the river at the Hennepin Avenue Bridge — at a cost between $180 and $220 million. “I’ve been championing streetcars on West Broadway — I’m the first one to do that,” he points out. Continue Reading →

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MPS settles lawsuit, establishes fund to compensate students

Classes taught by unlicensed teachers led some to lose required credits
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will establish a compensatory fund for former Broadway High School students to settle a class-action lawsuit filed against the district in 2012. The Minneapolis School Board voted to approve the settlement during its September 10 meeting. Broadway is a Minneapolis alternative high school that serves pregnant and parenting teens, and also provides free child care and other support services. In an exclusive interview with the MSR last week at the

Davis Center, MPS officials said that ongoing discussions between the district and the plaintiffs began last November, and in July they reached a preliminary settlement agreement. “The district always had the position that we wanted to do what was best for the students, and we wanted to make sure that we could provide the opportunity that was in the best interest of these students,” explained MPS Assistant General Counsel Cedrick Frazier. Continue Reading →

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