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After waiting for more than two weeks on some information the Minneapolis Public Schools had readily available, IBNN finds out that the Community Standards Initiative is for a program that funds Alfred Flowers and former African American Family Services executive director $15,000 for pretty much doing something “trained professionals” should be doing. See the email below with the facts about the program. The video below shows “next term unelectable MPS board director Jill Davis wanting to talk to the “right Negro.” Don’t forget to join Don Allen and Ronald A. Edwards for the weekly radio program ON POINT! Saturday at 4 p.m. CST as we discuss, “The Cover-Up by Minneapolis Public Schools 12/03 by ON POINT | Blog Talk Radio.”
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by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief, IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Mini-hope-less, MN (IBNN NEWS/Investigative Report/Op Ed/December 1, 2011) Is it okay for Superintendent Johnson to layoff 50+ teachers in the district? Is it okay for the MPS communications department to post videos on YouTube that no one in the school system can see due to an enormous firewall? Is it okay for the Minneapolis Public School administrators to ignore community members as it pertain to the firing of Patrick Henry High School’s basketball coach?
It must be.
Self-love, selfishness and arrogance will be the downfall of the current Minneapolis Public School Board (with the exception Carla Bates) and the MPS administration.
On November 19, 2011 IBNN NEWS sent a data request to the Minneapolis Public Schools to inquire about the CSI: Minneapolis Program. Below are the questions asked (in Black) and the answers (In Blue) from the Minneapolis Public Schools.
1. Was a funding approved for $200,000.00 for this project? If not, how much?
a. Funding was approved for up to $15,000
2. When did the MPS Board approve this project and funding? Please include who voted “yes” and who voted “no”
a. The MPS Board of Education approved this contract at the 9/27/11 board meeting.
b. It was approved unanimously.
3. Please supply the qualifications for the principals of CSI.
a. The contract is under New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Clarence Hightower is known for his service to community and has served as President and CEO of the Mpls Urban League, MNSCU Board of Trustees.
4. Please provide an outline of this program.
a. Deliverables for the six-month planning phase of CSI: Minneapolis includes, but is not limited to:
i. Officially garner the support and participation of community partners
ii. Elicit the support of parents and community members
iii. Design and launch a CSI: Minneapolis website
iv. Engage community agencies and organizations in signed partnership agreements
v. Elicit the support and participation of 50 area business and retail outlets for the provision of incentives for young people who are a part of the Positive Behavior Incentive Program
vi. Make contact with representatives from all 87 Minneapolis neighborhoods informing neighborhood organizations and groups of the initiative and garnering their support and participation
vii. Raise monetary and in-kind contributions for 2012-13 operating and program budget
viii. Develop and convene a CSI: Minneapolis Steering Committee to be seated by February 2012.
ix. Report progress and milestones to community partners on a monthly basis
5. Who is the fiduciary agent for funding? (If any)
a. New Bethel Missionary Baptist
6. Who are the principals for CSI and have they been drug tested per MPS policy?
a. Partnership with MPRB, New Bethel, Al Flowers, Lissa Jones
b. Drug testing information is private data
Thank you very much for your request. If you do have further inquiries, please send them to this email.
Scott Weber – Administrator, Data Quality – Minneapolis Public Schools
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Let’s look at some facts.
Black, Native American and Hispanic-Latino children in the Minneapolis Public Schools are failing at a rate next to impossible to control or stop. The Minneapolis Public Schools have lost focus on “education” in favor community “stop-gap favor” programs that will have no immediate or long-term success on the “education,” instruction and success of children of color.
Not one press release was distributed to the mainstream media; not one dollar spent on promotion in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Insight News. Exactly how was the community to find out about this program? Remember, it’s all about the Benjamin’s!
The MPS board voted “unanimously” to approve this contact but after a conversation with Director Richard Mammon who stated, “I’ve never seen the contract – I don’t think anyone has.”
If your giving away dollars for this “coonery” is there any way I can get paid my balance due my for my $15,000 contract?