Minnesota graduation rate steady, with slight improvement for black seniors

A mixed report from Minnesota’s Department of Education. Star Tribune education reporter Alejandra Matos writes: “Minnesota high schools graduation rates stayed flat last year, but the state saw more students of color graduating in 2015, chipping away at the state’s stubborn achievement gap. … In 2015, 81.9 percent of public high school seniors graduated on time, compared to 81.2 percent in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. … More than 62 percent of black seniors across the state completed high school last year, compared to 60 percent in 2014.”

Crashed Ice is planned for St. Paul this weekend; late last week, the Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried looked at the demands Black Lives Matter St. Paul is making in connection to their protest of the event. “Nearly three weeks before Red Bull Crashed Ice’s main attraction, Black Lives Matter St. Paul said they would ‘shut it down’ if seven demands were not met. … But some of what the group is asking  would be impossible without changes to state laws, and some of the demands are things officials say they’ve already been looking into. … The planned protest focuses on St. Paul police Sgt. Jeffrey Rothecker, who was on paid administrative leave from the St. Paul Police Department after an internal-affairs investigation into his conduct began last month. BLM St. Paul and other community groups had been calling on Rothecker to be fired; he resigned Wednesday. Turner said the protest would still go on.”

As goes Brooklyn Park, so goes America. The Atlantic CityLab’s Amanda Kolson Hurley calls the northern suburb of Minneapolis “the New Face of Suburbia”: “Diversity doesn’t proclaim itself from the vinyl-sided houses or the strip malls lining main roads. But look closely and some of the nondescript buildings are mosques. A charter school with a curriculum focused on Hmong culture opened last fall. MaMa Ti’s African Kitchen serves up jollof rice and curry goat in a shopping center. … ‘It’s a very different city than it was when I moved there in 1998,’ says resident Joy Marsh Stephens, who is African American. ‘We were the only family of color on our block, with the exception of one other family. … Now, a solid half of the families on the block are people of color, who represent a lot of different racial and ethnic groups. … I often tell people it’s the best block in the city.’ ”

Heinrich pleads not guilty. The AP reports (via MPR): “A man authorities say is a ‘person of interest’ in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling pleaded not guilty Monday to federal child pornography charges. … Danny Heinrich is facing 25 counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.”

In other news…

Seems like a fair precaution: “Teen’s death after oral surgery prompts suspension of Edina dentist’s license” [Star Tribune]

Some bank lobbyist endorsed Marco Rubio. [AP via MPR]

She must be so proud:

Surly chef Jorge Guzman takes top local pork honors. [City Pages]

Beers are on these guys tonight: “9 on Walker’s security team got five-figure overtime checks” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/22/2016 - 01:28 pm.

    Hmmm…

    “Overtime” is a union concept. I guess unions are OK when they’re protecting your own hide…

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