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Saturday April 19th 2014
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Do these people represent Minnesota’s black community or just an extension of the MNDFL?

Do these people represent Minnesota’s black community or just an extension of the MNDFL?

Author Manning Marable argues that the black struggle must move beyond previous strategies for social change. The politics of black nationalism, which advocates the building of separate black institutions, is an insufficient response. The politics of integration, characterized by traditional middle-class organizations like the NAACP and Urban [...]

You can’t be what you don’t see: Minneapolis Public Schools dismisses the future

You can’t be what you don’t see: Minneapolis Public Schools dismisses the future

Who represents education for children of color in the Minneapolis Public Schools? Is it Alfred Flowers and his Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) program? If this is the case, our children will continue to head down the rabbit hole making the pipeline to nothingness the only obtainable goal.  "The future can be lost for children of color [...]

Clarence Hightower and MnSCU: Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?

Clarence Hightower and MnSCU: Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?

This article has nothing to do with race baiting or me once again playing the race card. There are many black academics in Minnesota who are more than qualified to be presidents of colleges and universities in Minnesota. Their qualifications are not based on telling lies like the one we heard recently where a Minneapolis city official’s husband [...]

Fifth grade girls allege sexual assault at Anderson Elementary School in Minneapolis

Fifth grade girls allege sexual assault at Anderson Elementary School in Minneapolis

The mother of a 10-year old fifth-grader who attends Anderson Elementary School in south Minneapolis contacted IBNN this afternoon with a torrid tale of alleged sexual assault and the Minneapolis Public Schools not following state and federal procedures.  Why didn't the parents get notified right away?  These girls and boys are asking for [...]

Where Are the Black Male Teachers?

Where Are the Black Male Teachers?

The fear of excellence by a race of men have led to a mass denial of opportunities. (Photo: IBNN) "When black men first enter the classroom, there is a high likelihood that they may be only one of maybe two or three black males on the staff." By Donald G. Nicolas -  a 5th grade teacher at a public school in Broward County, Fla. (posted to [...]

West’s wait: WAPS board to decide on superintendent offer Thursday

West’s wait: WAPS board to decide on superintendent offer Thursday

IBNN editors note: “Why can’t Minneapolis get a Stephen West? I’ll tell you, he’s too right for MPS educational system.” Winona Area Public Schools superintendent candidate finalist Stephen West visits with students and staff Friday at an early-childhood class in Eden Prairie, West's current district. The WAPS school board is [...]

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap

K-12 educational failures have been named, established, polished and branded as a gap. Unfortunately, the gap has nothing to do with the word “achievement.” Calling racial inequity in education an achievement gap is a lie. The challenge begins inside of the administrations headquarters building. Donald Allen, Founder - IBNN [...]

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) attempt Jedi mind trick in honoring Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson for “Closing the achievement gap…WTF?”

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) attempt Jedi mind trick in honoring Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson for “Closing the achievement gap…WTF?”

Relates stories: If we only cared when MPS students get bad grades and test scores Poor MPS test scores show leadership’s lack of commitment to student’s Minneapolis Public Schools – Still Lazy after all these years   By Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief  - The Independent Business News Network Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent [...]

What are we going to do about educating Parents on Public School Education?

What are we going to do about educating Parents on Public School Education?

Black and Native American children are barely holding on to the ropes. (photo: by Maureen Downey) Parents of children from K-12 must do a regular “check-in” with school officials to prevent a bad situation getting worse. The data tells us black and Native American public school children in the Twin Cities and around the United States are [...]

Shame is still the #1 classroom Management Tool (Education)

It does not matter; public or private school - shame runs unchecked.  Author and speaker Brene Brown wants a tool that's used often in the course of our kids' education to go away forever. I'd really like to see it happen. (VIDEO) Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown says shame is the number one classroom management tool [...]

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