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Poor MPS test scores show leadership’s lack of commitment to students


“We exist to ensure that all students learn” is the mission of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson states on the MPS website that she believes “more strongly than ever that our top priorities lie in narrowing the achievement gap and offering all of our students a high-quality education that prepares them for college or a career.”

All of this sounds great, but by the time you get through reading this column you will realize that those are just empty words. In this column I will discuss the 2011-2012 MPS test results. These results have been swept under the rug by the so called “Leadership Council” and their representatives. In 2010, when the NAACP called for parents to remove their kids from Minneapolis Public Schools some people thought that they were going overboard. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities youth gains attention of national talent scouts


Musical theater performer started paying  his dues on stage at age nine


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


To be young, gifted and Black, these days, isn’t what it was way back when. Nina Simone dedicated the song to Lorraine Hansberry in an era during which America tried to pretend gifted Black youngsters didn’t exist. Accordingly, avenues for success were scarce. Today, fledgling talent John Douglas Jamison, II, instead of being obstructed, has the opportunity to thrive. Minneapolis actor-singer-dancer and recent Southwest High School graduate, Jamison has been fast-tracked by Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the Orpheum, State, Pantages New Century Theatres in downtown Minneapolis, to pursue a professional career in musical theater. Continue Reading →

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Mpls high school athletics now stepsisters to suburbs


Degree of affluence, open enrollment are factors in league’s decline


Is the Minneapolis City Conference today a non-factor locally, especially in the higher profile sports such as football and basketball? The city’s daily newspaper named just two Washburn players (second team) on their all-metro selections. No city females in volleyball. Only Washburn (boys) was listed in the paper’s top 10 — not a male or female conference basketball player was mentioned in their so-called ones to watch. What happened? Continue Reading →

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