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SPPS super says battling the board not her style

Valeria Silva

St. Paul Public Schools [SPPS] has “evolved” since 2009, the year Valeria Silva was hired as its superintendent. “Have we made mistakes? Yes. Have we improved on the mistakes we made? Absolutely,” says Silva, who adds that SPPS must keep pace with a city that has “gone through the largest transformation in 25 years.” Continue Reading →

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Generation Next tackles the achievement gap

Some educators feel left out of the conversation
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Solving current educational problems over the years, especially the achievement and opportunity gaps for Blacks and other students of color in the Twin Cities, has been attempted many times in some form or another with mixed results. However, leaders of “a powerful coalition” last week announced a multi-faceted plan that, if successful, could make a much-needed difference. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak last Monday — exactly a week before the new school year begins in Minneapolis and two weeks before St. Paul schools open — stood behind the podium at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs and unveiled “an aggressive, comprehensive plan” by Generation Next, a local organization that he now heads. Target Corporation has consented to grant $1.1 million to Generation Next for this initiative. 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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