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Ex-St. Paul student returns to enliven a ‘boring…broken system’

By Khymyle Mims

Contributing Writer


Throughout his youth, Darrail Hughes attended various Saint Paul Public Schools. Now, as an adult, he returns to give that same school district something he believes they’ve been lacking: an African American male who students can relate to as he relates to them. “I would say something’s wrong with [traditional learning]. That’s why we are changing it,” says Hughes, believing that the current education system is getting ‘boring.’ Currently working with a division of the St. Paul Public Schools entitled Focus Beyond Traditional Services, Hughes credits his current position to his belief in the Arts Literacy Movement. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul’s ‘Sprockets’ gets new leader

St. Paul’s Mayor Norm Coleman has appointed Eyenga Bokamba as director of Sprockets, the city’s out-of-school-time network

. Sprockets strives to increase participation in high-quality after-school programs, which research shows can improve school attendance, test scores and grades. “Learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings,” said Mayor Coleman. “Sprockets is one of the best opportunities

we have to help close the achievement gap in Saint Paul by increasing access to after-school and summer learning for young people throughout the city. Continue Reading →

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