Educating our children: There’s got to be a better way

Beginning with our May 21 issue this spring, the MSR has published a series of seven stories about an organization called Better Ed and its campaign for “more school choice.” The first three stories offered Better Ed president Devin Foley an opportunity to fully explain the purpose and activities of his organization.

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NABJ Town Hall explored national education ‘crisis’

Many public school districts in this country are now “re-segregated.” This dreary fact, among others, was discussed during last week’s education town hall at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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Achievement gap already present at kindergarten

As early as when children enter kindergarten, there are already significant achievement gaps as a result of socioeconomic status. In fact, socioeconomic status is the single largest factor influencing children’s school readiness, according to Inequalities at the Starting Gate: Cognitive and Noncognitive Gaps among the 2010–2011 Kindergarten Classmates.

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MPS: School choice will not close achievement gap

Fourth in a multi-part series

Over the past few weeks, the MSR has published a series of articles focusing on an organization called Better Ed, which has launched a campaign highlighting the shortcomings of Minneapolis and St. Paul Public schools. They promote “school choice” as a solution. Their main argument is that the schools spend approximately $21,000 per students with very poor student outcomes, especially for African American students.

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Better Ed: Let parents choose the best schools — and cultures — for their child

Third in a multi-part series

The MSR began this series two weeks ago looking into an organization called Better Ed that has launched a now-two-year-old campaign to highlight the shortcomings of public schools, especially those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and promote “school choice” as a solution.

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PHOTOS | MSR’s 20th Annual Grad Celebration highlights

On May 20 the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), now in its 80th year of publication, and its nonprofit namesake the MSR 501c3, hosted the 20th annual High School Graduation Celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom located in Golden Valley. As in previous years, the Celebration echoed its traditional theme “Education and Graduation: It’s a family affair.”

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