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What Abolishing the Police Means to Me: A Student's Perspective

Read the introduction to this essay by Education Week staff writer Corey Mitchell, "Are Strained Police Relations With Black Teens a Solvable Problem?" Policing in America has roots in the slave patrols designed to end resistance or uprisings within the slave community. I acknowledge this history so you can understand the inherent fear Black people already have toward the...

 

Amy Coney Barrett is supremely well qualified for the high court

Like many other liberals, I'm devastated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, which opened the way for President Donald Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court justice in his first term. And I'm revolted by the hypocrisy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's willingness to confirm Trump's nominee after refusing to even...

 

'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

I catch Patricia Stamper with a Zoom meeting going in the background and a child at her knee asking for attention. Stamper works as a teacher's assistant for special education students in the Washington, D.C., public schools. These days, her virtual classroom is at home - and so is her toddler, who has a genetic disorder called...

 

Welcoming Week

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is proud to participate in Welcoming Week September 12-20, a national initiative to celebrate and affirm the importance of inclusivity and connections for immigrants, refugees and long-term residents of Minnesota. As an agency, we focus on workforce and economic development and know firsthand the positive...

 

The Big Picture: Projecting Confidence

It was revealed this week that, according to journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, President Trump knew the potential severity of the coronavirus back in early February. "This is deadly stuff," the president said in a recorded interview Feb. 7. "You just breathe the air, and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also...

 

Workforce Development Efforts Will Help Rebuild a More Equitable Minnesota

September is Workforce Development Month – and never in recent memory have investments in our state’s workforce been more important. The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on jobs and employment in Minnesota. Our state’s unemployment rate as of July is at 7.7%, down more than two percentage points from May, but still more than twice what it was in July 2019, when it was...

 

Who's a hero in the Trump era? Possibly Wilma Mankiller, Will Rogers, Jim Thorpe, Sacagawea

The Trump administration is moving forward with names for the president's proposed National Garden of Heroes. The list at this point is largely political; only Republican governors have submitted names for consideration. And one possibility is Donald J. Trump. The administration is leaving open the possibility of a statue of Trump himself in the Trump-created statue park after...

 

The moral rot of Trump and his enablers has spread to the core

As Donald Trump's chief strategist in 2016, Steve Bannon helped shape Trump's "America First" campaign. Now, Bannon is inadvertently helping to test Trump's 2020 reelection message: "Me First." On the eve of this week's Republican National Convention, federal authorities arrested Bannon aboard a Chinese billionaire's $28...

 

CCHF Launches "Face Freedom" Campaign

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In opposition to government-mandated community masking, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is announcing the launch of a nationwide “Face Freedom” campaign. The campaign includes: • “Face Freedom Fridays”- a campaign to fill social media with photos of smiling faces • FaceFreedom.org • #FaceFreedom hashtag • TRUTH about Face Masks...

 

A brief look at the Crazy Horse Memorial taking shape in South Dakota

When asked where you might find the largest face in the US, one might think of the Statue of Liberty, whose face is eight feet tall, or better yet, Mount Rushmore, which depicts the visages of four US presidents at around 60 feet or so. However, the real answer lies not far from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In fact,...

 

"WHERE IS BARRON TRUMP?"

Demented Donald Trump idiotically insists local school boards should illegally force your vulnerable children back into crowded classrooms unsafely as the Trump-caused COVID-19 catastrophe only continues to get worse, while on permanent vacation Trump golfs endlessly at the taxpayers’ expense. Delusional Donald continues to claim the coronavirus will simply “...disappear,...

 

It's time to declare an education emergency

We are facing an undeclared education emergency. When we closed schools six months ago, Minnesota already suffered one of the largest racially and economically unjust learning gaps in the country. With schools closed, those gaps got bigger - much bigger. If all we do is reopen with schools operating as they were six months ago...

 

ND Native Americans Will Not Be Test Subjects For Vaccine Trials

I love a good conspiracy theory - especially the ones that are all over the interwebs these days. But while some seemingly outrageous conspiracy theories have turned out to be true, many can be disproved. For instance: North Dakota Native Americans will not be guinea pigs for COVID-19 vaccinations. This week, I saw a screenshot from a Grand Forks Herald story that said that...

 

An Open Letter by Supporters of Michelle Obama

Louis Gossett Jr. Academy-Award winning actor, GA; Melvin van Peebles, groundbreaking filmmaker, CA; Mack Wilbourn, serial entrepreneur, GA; Sidney Topol, World War II veteran, FL; Eugene Jarecki, award-winning filmmaker, NY; Thandi Tutu-Gxashe, TutuDesk, South Africa; Tito Jackson, businessman & civic activist, MA; Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications Inc., MA;...

 

What if more of us have fought off COVID-19 than we think?

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- It's been a hard couple of months for those who follow the testing of COVID-19 antibodies. So-called serology research looks for antibodies in the blood that fight the illness, and how many of us have them. Other research looks at how long these antibodies last. The latest results from these studies are said...

 

America's schools: Teachers like me don't feel safe enough to return to the classroom yet

A public safety-minded police chief and truth-telling scientist frantically warn of a deadly, unseen menace. A bungling, economically concerned mayor ignores the threat and encourages people to enjoy the summer. With paralleling themes of mortal danger versus hubris, and reason versus demagoguery, it’s clear why some have compared the 1975 film classic "Jaws" with the...

 

The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking coronavirus threat seriously

It's another one of those Trump Era realities best described as unsurprising but nevertheless shocking. Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight - yes, data-driven evidence - behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread. Dangerously duped....

 

Defund and disband Minneapolis City Hall leadership

The death of George Floyd sparked public consciousness about racial inequality and inequity that is long overdue. Sadly, the actions of former officer Derek Chauvin have cast a dark shadow over the overwhelming number of good cops in Minneapolis, who day in and day out put their own lives on the line to protect and serve the...

 

Statement on Race from the American Indian College Fund

I am a Native mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The men, women, girls, and boys in my family are Indigenous. I have spent my entire life living with the possibility of violence or death aimed at myself and the people who I love the most. Every single time an act of violence against a person or a group of people of color is in the news, I know in my heart it is only on...

 

Peterson Opinion: Regional Restrictions Would Ease Unequal Hardships

While Minnesotans across the state have felt the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, our students, small businesses, hospitals, long-term care facilities and others have carried much of the weight of this pandemic. We all feel a responsibility to keep our vulnerable populations safe and we think about how our local hospitals will be able to handle any potential increase in...

 

Not attending church won't kill anyone, but rushing to reopen might

I was raised to believe the Catholic Church had greater regard for human life than your average shopping mall. Instead, Minnesota's Catholic and conservative Lutheran churches are making plans to reopen in the middle of a pandemic and before state health officials say it's safe. https://www.startribune.com/br...

 

Trump's covid-19 inaction killed Americans. Here's a counter that shows how many.

(This editorial first appeared in The Washington Post.) The National Debt Clock hangs above New York City’s Avenue of the Americas as a persistent reminder of a clear message: The United States is recklessly living beyond its means, and this will have grave future consequences. In the same symbolic spirit, it is time for the establishment of a national “death clock” to...

 

We Might Have Gotten Remote Learning Wrong. We Can Still Fix This School Year

In my roles as a high school educator and as an Education Week teacher-advice blogger, I talk with a lot of educators, students, and parents in my local community of Sacramento, Calif., and throughout the United States. Based on those conversations and on my own experience over the past few weeks, I've begun to wonder if we might be going about this whole "distance learning"...

 

10 steps to save Native Americans from Covid-19 catastrophe

(CNN) - The pandemic ravaging some Native American communities has echoes that go back centuries -- to the measles and smallpox epidemics that first decimated the original Americans. This time, however, rapid action can avert a catastrophe. The stakes are high. And the human stories are already heartbreaking. For example, Andrea Circle Bear never met her daughter. The day...

 

Choctaw-Ireland solidarity

A couple of years ago I wrote in a series for Medium about how the solidarity between the Choctaw Nation and the Irish people two hundred years ago is how we can resist the power vertical today. In 1847, Choctaw survivors of the Trail of Tears sent a couple of hundred dollars, a fortune to them, to Irish Famine relief. Those with the least gave proportionately the most. To...

 

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