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Can a Black or Hispanic Movie get an Oscar?

"Less, and far in between - Black Oscar winners."

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black

Holllywood, CA (IBNN NEWS/Entertainment)…I liked True Grit, the Kings Speech and other awards given out to feature films at Sunday’s nights Oscar event.

But I also liked Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” and every movie Spike Lee has made because of the social explanations about a race of people, my people – Black folks.

One thing I don’t see at the Oscars are Black movies being awarded trophies and getting their time in the spotlight. We have to figure out why our great directors, actors and producers get overlooked by this process of exclusion.

If I was to look at this from a political point of view – the Oscars seems like the Republican Party of show business; exclusive, obstructive and denying access for people of color who do great work to participate in the process. This includes looking the other way.

Shaking off the Slave Dust: Politics, Parties and Pimpin the Black Vote

Vote 2012 - Think very carefully

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black

United States (IBNN NEWS/February 28,2011)…Black History Month is almost over.  It’s embarrassing that America needs a month to celebrate Black History. Black History is as American as baseball and apple pie.

Democrats, Republicans – Black America need a second look with a conversation about who’s really looking out for our best interests versus some over-the-top self interests.  While in the Twin Cities, the DFL political plantation has a stranglehold on the political infrastructure; it will be only for a short time. In 2012, the Twin Cities will see a dramatic change in elected officials.

A little history lesson.

The original Republican platform in 1856 had only nine planks – six of which were dedicated to ending slavery and securing equal rights for African-Americans.

The Democratic platform of that year took an opposite position and defended slavery, even warning, “All efforts of the abolitionists [those opposed to slavery] are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences and diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the stability and permanency of the Union.”

The next Democratic platform (1860) endorsed both the Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision; Democrats even distributed copies of the Dred Scott ruling to justify their anti-black positions.

Today, sometime between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and President Barack Obama both the Republican and Democratic party face issues of internal racism, exclusion and in the case of the Democrats: adopting platforms that continue a welfare state while holding back WEB Dubois mentioned “Talented 10th.”

Most of the Democratic platform is based on attacking the Republican Party.

Most of the Republican platform is based on attacking the Democrats and President Obama.

A professional, educated Black woman told IBNN NEWS, “I grew up in the Republican bible belt south and it wasn’t until I went to college in 1996 that I was told that Black folks were SUPPOSED to be ‘Democrats’. I never understood that one. I grew up in a household where we talked about candidates from BOTH parties and when possible, we SPLIT THE TICKET (I still do).

No one party has the answer but together we can continue to make this a great country. But right now, things are too polarized at either end of the spectrum. Folks need to stop listening ONLY to the folks that are the loudest, or have the most money or who gave the most. It’s time that we govern for the ‘public good’ and include the public in creating that definition.”

Democrats or Republicans, it doesn’t matter. Each side manipulates its devotees into believing the other is evil, while extrapolating for you that your side, or ‘team,’ can do no wrong, while in reality they agree on most things and are an inch apart on others. If you can’t see this, you’ve been manipulated.”

People of color in the United States must get back to the point when democracy was surrounded by a “robust conversations,” at home, in offices, in the streets and more importantly in our communities.

The Democratic Party of America has sealed a deal with the devil to make sure poverty remains a distraction; conversations are held inside of non-profit organizations to take the “debate” out of the conversation; and African-American elected officials have forgotten how to “serve” the community. The mention of the poor and poverty in the United States has been replaced with looking over-seas and fully engaging their issues.

It’s tough here in America.

In 2011, slavery manifests itself in a different format, guided by those who maintain their “celebrity status” and forget the “public service status” that put them in office.

Parties are irrelevant to people. Only the politicians and the corporations and organizations need them.

The PARTIES NEED US, we do not need them. They are PACs on steroids and ruled by people that in most cases has never run a shoeshine shop.

Black people must ask questions and look deeper into all political parties – it starts first with “Shaking off the Slave Dust.”

Minnesota Scholar rebuttal on 2010 Minneapolis Disparity Report: Dr. Sam Myers, (Professor) Chair of Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice (IBNN Exclusive Report)

“Home of the DFL Political Plantation & the Halls of Silence”

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS Exclusive/February 24, 2011)…IBNN NEWS has obtained a copy of the letter written by Dr. Samuel Myers, Professor, Chair of Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice (also recognized as one of the top twenty U.S. black economists), addressed to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights in response to the October 2010 Disparity Report or formally known as “The State of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune newspaper has denied its readership the opportunity to review not only the report – but also comments by a world-renowned scholar and expert located right here in Minneapolis.

The State of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Minneapolis, done by NERA was a costly $500,000.00 report with some questionable content as pointed out by Dr. Myers.

IBNN’s question to the City of Minneapolis political plantation, “Why the silence? Minnesota has some of the best minds in the world, why would you use a firm in Texas when you are less than a mile from the prestigious Humphrey Institute? Why did we need someone outside of Minneapolis to show us challenges within city processes that sick out like a sore lip?

Of course, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and the City Council don’t want to touch the report as far as a community forum. Civil Rights director Velma Korbel is dead set on permanently removing all Black concisenesses from Civil Rights in Minneapolis as shown in her actions in a rash of violation that have caused deaths in the Black community. The MDCR process has already hurt citizens of color, not only in the city contract compliance realm (read “Burns (Johnny, MDCR contract compliance manager-Minneapolis) missed the mark on City’s contract compliance efforts,” but also in the alarming amount of Black men being beat, tased and killed by law enforcement with no actions by Minneapolis’ supposed guardian of life, liberty and justice for all.

Enough from IBNN – read the letter received by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights in regards to the 2010 Disparity Report:

Minneapolis Civil Rights Department
Attn: Cynthia Govan
250 S. 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Dear Ms. Govan,

I write in response to the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department’s request for comments on the report, “The State of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Minneapolis,” produced by NERA (National Economic Research Associates) and dated October 21, 2010.

I write as faculty member at the University of Minnesota involved in training graduate students how to undertake studies such as the one performed for the City of Minneapolis. I have published extensively on the issue of measuring and detecting discrimination in public procurement and contracting and in market and non-market contexts. I have also served as an expert witness in federal litigation regarding DBE programs. As such, I feel qualified to comment on the substance of the report.

NERA is a nationally recognized and highly respected consulting firm that has extensive experience conducting disparity studies throughout the United States. Normally, the caliber of its reports is quite high and the evidence and analysis unimpeachable. The current draft, however, suffers from a number of substantive flaws that may expose the City of Minneapolis to unwanted, costly and preventable legal challenges.

I find the statistical analysis to be quite deficient in significant aspects. The report should not be accepted in its current form and any recommendations that the City of Minneapolis might adopt should be based on corrected analysis that overcomes the flaws outlined below.

The major defects of the statistical analysis are the following:

1. The study makes no claims as to the validity or reliability of the underlying data used to reach the central conclusions of the study. The quality of any disparity study rests primarily upon the quality and integrity of the underlying data. At minimum, a sample of contracts should be pulled and an attempt made to match the data.

2. The disparity ratios reported in the various tables do not align with the availability and the utilization rates reported in the same tables. (Although this most likely is due to clerical errors, it is nonetheless unexpected).

3. The correct disparity ratios for American Indians and certain other subgroups and some classes of contracts appear to be greater than one. The authors simply omit the instances where the ratio is greater than one and imply that there is discrimination in the overall minority group of which American Indians are part. But, no attempt is made in any of the passive discrimination analyses nor in the analysis of contract award amounts to determine whether in fact there are other sources of discrimination against American Indians warranting the inclusion of American Indians (or other subgroups) among those included in the MBE category-receiving benefits. This problem is not solved simply by recommending a race neutral remedy. Rather, the whole program might be challenged because it is over inclusive and thus not narrowly tailored.

4. No statistical effort is made to determine whether there is discrimination against White male-owned firms via existing race-conscious programs. This opens the City to a charge that it has not narrowly tailored its programs.

5. The analysis of passive discrimination is flawed. The analysis of discrimination in capital markets is based on seriously outdated data. The loan rejection rates are based on the 1993 National Survey of Small Business Finances (NSSBF) and the 1992 Characteristics of Business Owners (CBO). The study also uses 1998 and 2003 national data and specialized surveys conducted in Baltimore, Chicago, Jacksonville, St. Louis and other jurisdictions. Such outdated data from geographic market areas not relevant to Minneapolis serve as an immediate source of a potential challenge to the NERA results. Moreover, there is only a loose connection between the underlying statistical disparities in availability and utilization and the regression analyses of capital markets, self-employment, earnings and business formation.

I would be happy to meet with you to explain my concerns further.

Sincerely,

Samuel L. Myers, Jr.
Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice

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Click here to download the letter.  (Google Docs)

 

About Dr. Sam Myers:
Samuel L. Myers, Jr., is Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice and directs the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. He specializes in the impacts of social policies on the poor. He pioneered the use of applied econometric techniques to examine racial disparities in crime, to detect illegal discrimination in credit markets to assess the impacts of welfare on family stability, and to evaluate the effectiveness of government transfers in reducing poverty.

Myers became president-elect of the Association of Public Policy and Management in November 1999 and served as vice president prior to that. He has served on the association’s policy council and on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economic Profession. Myers has consulted with the National Employment Policy Commission, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, U.S. General Accounting Office, and U.S. Congressional Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime. He was on the academic advisory board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Council of Black Studies board of directors, and editorial boards of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Science Quarterly, and the Review of Black Political Economy. In 1990, the Review of Black Political Economy recognized Myers as one of the top twenty U.S. black economists.

He earned a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This Friday do something different: Turn off KMOJ and tune to KFAI 90.3 this Friday, February 25th at 8 a.m. for a Black History Month Special

A Public Service Announcement from IBNN NEWS

On Friday, February 25, 2011 KFAI will celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with a special day of programming on Friday, February 25, 2011.

The station will broadcast live programming – produced by African Americans – that explores the history of their people in America.

This Friday’s Black History Month Special, “Voting Rights Act, Past Present, Future, The Struggle to Vote,” hosted by Springboard Economic Development Corporation’s Lennie Chism and Editor in Chief of the Independent Business News Network Donald “Star Tribune Plaything” Allen. Yes, we have a lot to say!

Springboard has invited former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry, who is a current city councilman to call in and join the conversation.

As Black Americans go through struggles in the United States still in 2011, fighting for Civil Rights and a fair playing field – we must remember the struggle is not over.

There’s a new revolution and a new movement. Never again will Black citizens be tricked into an “Impact Minnesota.” (More to come on that!)

In 2011, the fight is for people and votes.

In the Twin Cities, people of color – especially Black people have seen “disastrous” unsuccessful outcomes by elected officials who promise change and new direction. Social Justice has become a game where the highest bidder wins every time.

Tune in Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to KFAI-FM Radio 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul.  You can also listen to KFAI-FM online by going to www.kfai.org.

KFAI is a non-commercial FM radio station.

Don Allen supports the Minneapolis Public Schools – he doesn’t support “Jackwagons” (Video Blog)

Video by Donald W. R. Allen, II for IBNN NEWS.

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN Editorial)…The Star Tribune’s Corey Mitchell has used this platform to lambaste me for his own personal desires.  Having been a vocal critic of the school system, he claims, I should have been disqualified to work on a campaign to help promote and improve the schools.

I find this  assertion to be highly problematic and illogical.  I firmly believe that it is the right, and in fact the duty, of an informed, active citizenry to seek to reform the institutions and structures that we inhabit. Especially those that work most directly with our children. This is something that I was taught by my parents, who migrated to the Twin Cities from Mississippi and Jamaica, respectively, in the 1940s.

I have indeed been a vocal critic of the school system in the past.  But it is the job, and the duty of any informed, engage citizenry to actively seek to bring about change and reform.   And critics must also work towards finding solutions.  Complacency, silence, and a willingness to stand silently by in the face of inequality and injustice are emphatically not forms of civic virtue. Mr.  Mitchell’s characterization of me as having “savaged” the school system, and as a “crazed negro” manifest his personal distaste for me, and his failure to acknowledge the right and necessary place of debate and reform in a democratic society.

In closing, the Star Tribune and Mr. Mitchell were told that the ads posted in Tuesday’s paper we’re “spec” ads to show the “idea” of the campaign – they (Star Tribune did not have permission or was authorized to use any of the work.)

I also hold a list of no-bid contracts, (some over $50,000), some of which the “taxpayers” of Minneapolis have NEVER seen the final results, but regardless, folks were paid.

I support Sup. Johnson and the Minneapolis Public Schools because I am a product of that system who told us in the 70′s, “You can do, be and have anything as long as you work hard for want you need.” ~(Peter H. Neighborhood Youth Corps – who provided jobs for thousands of students in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1971 until 1982.)

Donald Allen – Independent Business News Network
Far and Balanced like FOX News” (Far reaching and well balanced – just in case any “Jackwagons” thought it was misspelled)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis Public Schools Jill Davis: “You don’t know my name?” You will after Saturday’s ON POINT! Black Talk Radio on BlogTalkRadio

“Tune in Saturday to ON POINT! for local and national news and information.”

"Be afraid, be very afraid." ~Aliens

Memory loss is a serious condition suffered by millions of people everyday.

Selective Memory Loss” is not a medical condition, but is used in situations were “rear-end” covering is needed.

Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus; The Minneapolis Story; MSR) and Donald W.R. Allen, II (Independent Business News Network; USA Radical Black) on Saturday, February 26th at 4 p.m. (CST) for Black Talk Radio on one of BlogTalkRadio’s highest rated programs ON POINT!

We review several mistakes by the Star Tribune newspaper and comments made by MPS director Jill Davis, who mistakenly “vetted” out misinformation and will now have to explain MPS contracts for over $50,000 that are all “no-bid” awards.

Also on Saturday’s show we will discuss the malicious and yellow journalism by St. Louis transplant and Star Tribune token Corey Mitchell and why Mr. Mitchell has decided not to talk about education in any way, shape or form. There’s much more news and we will break some new developments on the Council on Black Minnesotans.

Saturday’s special Black History Month program will be a 90-minute LIVE call in show. We ask listeners to participate by calling (877) 572-4288.

There’s a lot going on – to listen from the comfort of your home computer, laptop or smartphone device, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ibnnnews/2011/02/26/minneapolis-public-schools-jill-davis-you-dont-know-my-name-you-will-after-saturdays-on-point.

Star Tribune and writer Corey Mitchell: Flawed by Design

"Jackwagons!"

“Minneapolis Public  Schools paid $15k and Don Allen figured out a way to find his ads onto the Minneapolis Star and Tribune with major coverage on a feature story. Anyone have a guess as to how much a full color ad like that would actually cost? Mr. Allen appears to have utilized an old marketing technique knows as flawed by design marketing to get enormous amounts attention for his client for very little costs. Just watch, Allen will make some extremely minor adjustments and his mission will be completed with the greatest of ease! Can you say owned? The schools win and that is what is important as the word is out as promised!” ~Jordan Hawkman Group

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – “Marketing Wiz and Internet Guru

“First of all, “I love it when a plan comes together…” Read the Star Tribune story here.

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/February 22, 2011)…Corey Mitchell, writer for the Star Tribune Newspaper writes, “The Independent Business News Network blog has repeatedly savaged the reputation of the Minneapolis schools, calling the district ‘disastrous’ and accusing Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and others of mismanagement.”

It took IBNN NEWS to take a closer look at the Minneapolis Public Schools. When children of color are failing at a catastrophic rate, missing the opportunities for college and schools have not passed the yearly average progress, yes – it is “disastrous.” As far as “repeatedly savaged the reputation of the Minneapolis schools,” they didn’t need me to do that; can you say Lincoln, Willard, Jordan Park, Cityview, Harry Davis and Franklin and The City, Inc?

Long before Corey Mitchell arrived on the scene in Minneapolis to side with folks that are into hype, rather than report on education, the Minneapolis Public Schools was one of the most admired school systems in the country.

What happened?

What the Star Tribune and Mitchell fail to recognize is, there’s a problem, deep seeded and not talked about. Education is a civil right; if a race or class of children are not passing tests, not taught by teachers and still are passed along to the next grade Minneapolis Schools has some challenges.

While I am flattered at the Star Tribunes story, I still wonder when the focus will be on education. Mitchell, like former school board member Stewart lack in Black conciseness, choosing a “prejudice” position versus one of investigation of education and the lack of successful outcomes.

The story in the Star Tribune brings about many questions. The first being, how long will Mitchell have a job; Secondly – why no reporting about education? Mitchell and the ‘Strib’ have deconstructed the Minneapolis Public Schools on several occasions.

What makes me the focus? I’ll tell you:

In Minneapolis, if a Black man has a skill-set(s), it is mandatory for the Star Tribune and some of those who look like him (Black) to attack.

My advice to them, “If you have no critics, you have no success.” ~Malcolm X

I will continue to promote and work with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Look for new and exciting things.

One things for sure, the Star Tribune sure knows how to run some free ads.

North High School: Rebuilding through Trust and Partnership  

"Shall we overcome?"

by Marcus Owens, Guest Contributor (Photos by IBNN)

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS – All Rights Reserved 2011)…A few thoughts come to mind that help me understand how we have gotten here and where we need to go with North High. First, we must understand that North High is more than a building at 1500 James Ave North. North High has become a sign of what is wrong with education in North Minneapolis, quite possibly all of Minneapolis and beyond. I believe there is failure to trust.

A number of parents did not trust that Minneapolis Public School (MPS) could do the best for their children, so they utilized programs such as the Choice is Yours and open enrollment to send their children outside of the district.  This caused declined enrollment which led to a flood of school closures on the North side. Leaving the remaining elementary and middle school parents, alumni and community members upset and with limited MPS options for their children. This lack of trust permeated to high school parents which led to the mass exodus of students out of North due to the fear of it closing, which unfortunately almost became a self fulfilling prophecy had it not been for some dedicated students, parents, staff and community members. For example, the perception that North is closing remains prevalent among 500 community members asked by the North Community Coalition.

But the lack of trust doesn’t only persist on one side. The MPS leadership has had issues with trust. When the two choice programs began, the MPS trusted that their monopoly on education within the city limits would trump any choice option because of its legacy. It would be easy to only say that 11 years ago the district had trust issues. This form of “corporate” arrogance has led to a 50 percent decline in market share for a district that was once the biggest in the state. In November, the district no longer trusted that North High could produce a quality and equitable education for Minneapolis students. There were multiple failed tactics including the removal of an attendance zone, which were upended and replaced by another failed tactic. This contributed to a recommendation to close North without ever utilizing the same strategies deployed for MPS schools such as Edison and Washburn.

Through this process of rebuilding North High, I’ve learned that not one entity–district or community–can do this alone nor should they bear the blame. Interdependent of each other, both groups are needed, to create success and none is more critical than the other.

For the community (including alumni of North, parents and students), we’ve spent too much time talking about the past and not enough focus on what could be. The media stories about the decline in achievement, low enrollment and the fall of the athletic programs portray North as if it were already closed. These stories exacerbate our current negative mindset.

Schools are like children to a community, and when you take a child’s life the family (in our case, the community) must grieve in order to move on and

"MDE Commissioner Ms. Brenda Casselius, Governor Mark Dayton's plan for Education in the 21st Century?"

we’re mourning the death of Lincoln, Willard, Jordan Park, Cityview, Harry Davis and Franklin. Now, even the threat of North closing puts us all in a state of shock. The seven steps of grieving are already being set in motion. We are done with shock and denial, anger and bargaining, pain and guilt. I sense we are beginning to turn the corner into life without those elements of the past but moving forward to spend more time with the schools we still have and make them the best for all.

As I said before, not one entity can do this on their own, the district needs to own up to its part in the death of educational opportunities in North Minneapolis. We need an apology in order for forgiveness to begin. MPS please admit that the way things went down weren’t because of ill intent but rather because of you did not identify the problem and act on it properly. You can mend the bridge by accepting those failures and promising to do better publicly. When you say those things mean them, start partnering with community shareholders and look for their guidance on how to make things better for our children. You will be amazed by what you will learn and will become more proficient in when you start make the right partners. Don’t spend time spinning your wheels and guessing what a barrier is, ask a student what a barrier is and do your best to remove it. The culture within your organization to accept mediocrity and complacency must be dismantled. This is one of the most prevalent issues that hinder success. It isn’t easy to change a culture but to not address it is inadequate, to say the least.

Despite what has happened in the past 10 to 20 years of education in North Minneapolis, there is a rare and substantial opportunity to mend, balance and excel now. What can a student be able to do when adults stop acting immature and truly build a relationship on trust and collaboration and strive for the best for student achievement? What can a school district be able to do if they break the old culture of seniority superseding sustainability and future thinking? What can a community do if they put past accomplishments into context and start yearning for better, more progressive ways for their children to grow and become the global citizens of tomorrow?

Ask yourself…

Minnesota DFL Political Plantation misses the opportunity to include everyone for Education Forum with MN Department of Education Commissioner

"Bamboozled, Hoodwinked and Dishonored"

Democrats or Republicans, it doesn’t matter. Each side manipulates its devotees into believing the other is evil, while extrapolating for you that your side, or ‘team,’ can do no wrong, while in reality they agree on most things and are an inch apart on others. If you can’t see this, you’ve been manipulated.

by Donald W.R. Allen,  II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black

Twin Cities (IBNN NEWS/February 21, 2011)…It’s very strange that several events are taking place dealing with some form of “education theme” on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., including a reception and forum at Sabathani Community Center – Banquet Center 2nd floor, located at 310 East 38th Street in Minneapolis.  This is called “community meeting cannibalism.”

Since I’ll be at UROC, I want to talk about the “dog & pony” show of sorts put on by Rep. Jeff Hayden (61B) and Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (58B) that offer a chance for “some” to meet Brenda Cassellius, the new MN Department of Education Commissioner, who supposedly will discuss Governor Dayton’s plan for education in the 21st Century. 

I wonder if Gov. Dayton’s plan includes closing the achievement gap – or just some very strong talking points?

The Minnesota DFL African American Caucus, Outreach Director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, sent out the email to a select “few,” and at this point we don’t know if anyone from the Republican, Green or Independent Parties received this important notice – or if they even cared.

Again we (“some” members of the community) will get a chance to hear how “they,” (the Republicans) are taking away funding and doing a slapstick job on the budget. What’s left out of the conversation is the DFL was in charge of over $30.8 billion dollars before the GOP took the majority. No explanation here. But certainly they can come up with some snappy talking points about former Gov. Pawlenty and the role he did or didn’t play in Education.

Folks, we’ve seen it all before.

There was no thought out advanced planning was put into this event because if it were, the DFL African-American Caucus would have known that on this particular night the Minneapolis Public School Board has a regularly scheduled meeting.  Also on Tuesday, there is a “Leap forward Youth Collaborative” and dinner in St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota’s UROC facility will hold a forum to present the three finalists for the Executive Director. There’s also a professional networking party in downtown Minneapolis on 6th and Hennepin.

But of course, this has been the standard procedure by those (Democrats), who still cannibalize community events.

Secondly, after forwarding this information to MPS board members, it seems no one at the MPS District 1 knew about the event. Which brings me to my next point.

State education is a concern of all people in Minnesota. Citizens from around the state should have been involved in this important forum but again, checking with sources in Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, and local universities, colleges and trade schools – no information was distributed unless you are on the email list for the DFL Political Plantation.

This event with the Commissioner of Education isn’t a forum, it’s a play on a platform that has become all too familiar making it  one of the worse kinds; in one of they worst ways.

Urban Prep Academy Gets 100% Black Male College Attendance…Again – “Can someone explain Noble Charter Schools?”

"Urban Prep in Chicago. (Photo from AOL Black Voices)"

Editors note:Noble Charter Schools? Give me a break! If there’s a model, which is successful in sending Black males to college, why haven’t we looked at it?  This oversight by the powers that be could prove to be fatal for plans to adopt a model to match wits with the $700 million dollar institution called the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Originally posted by Boyce Watkins, PhD on Feb 17th 2011 AOL Black Voices, with extra title by IBNN NEWS

Chicago, IL. (Source: AOL Black Voices)…Well, they’ve done it again. Urban Prep Academy of Chicago, an all-male charter school with kids from the “worst” parts of Chicago, is sending 100% of its graduating seniors off to college. The school, founded in 2006, has stated that its continuous objective is to see to it that all of its students go to college. They are succeeding with flying colors.

The school started with kids whose futures had been left for dead by their public schools: Only four percent of the school’s incoming freshmen were reading at grade level when they arrived on campus. But by sending all of their graduating seniors to college, they’ve not only gotten these kids up to speed, they’ve allowed them to zip past every other public school in the entire United States.

“No other public [school] in the country has done this,” said Tim King, the founder of Urban Prep.

Nuff said, read the full story here.

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