The 2nd day of Education Nation just wrapped up. The three-day event will bring together more than 300 of the country’s thought leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy and media. Click here to watch a recap and watch Tuesday’s events live.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Overweight and Obese Children Have a More Difficult Time in School
1 in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, not only does obesity have added health risks, it can also affect learning. Studies show there is evidence that children who are obese score less well on standardized tests and basic classroom tests.
Take a look at the entire story and listen to it on NPR. Click here.
New Media and School Excellence
|What if there were strategies to improve public schools without leaving your desk chair? Parents United and the Twin Cities Media Alliance are partnering to host a conversation on how to use new media tools to be an advocate for excellence in public schools.
Achieving excellence in public schools is a mission that takes many hands and many voices. With so many issues of concern and so many ways to voice those opinions, it is essential to know how to effectively take action.
Light desserts will be served. This event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP.
Community Forum Sept. 26th: The Presidential Platforms
What are President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s plans for education reform and how will these policies affect you? What do you need to know about each of the candidates’ stances on education before you vote this November?
AchieveMpls’ September “Our City, Our Schools” community forum will explore the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ education platforms at both a national and local level through conversation with Beth Hawkins, education and policy reporter for Minnpost.
Hawkins will provide an overview of each candidate’s education platform and how potential policy changes might affect public education. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss such hot-button issues as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, charters and school choice, teacher evaluation, funding for schools, the achievement gap, and preparing young people for college and careers.
Come prepared to ask your specific questions about the candidate’s plans for public education!
Click here to register for the event!
Wednesday, September 26 / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
U of MN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis
To learn more, contact Regan Smith at 612-455-1535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put it on your calendar September 25th PBS will air Dropout Nation.
FRONTLINE examines our nation’s dropout crisis through the stories of students struggling to stay in school – and the school administrators who are working against the odds to keep them there. Why do students dropout? And what can be done? If you want to get involved, click here.
Get People Registered to Vote!
- Download Nonprofit VOTE’s “Register to Vote” poster in both Spanish and English and display it in a high-traffic area–be sure to include information on where and how to register.
- Make voter registration forms available on-site in your lobby or at intake. Provide instructions and assistance on how to complete and return the forms.
- Hold a voter registration drive during the two weeks before the deadline. Learn about voter registration in your state and how to obtain and return forms.
- Remind voters that they need to update their voter registration if they’ve recently moved or changed their name.
- Participate in National Voter Registration Day on September 25th and register your community before the 2012 deadlines pass.
Join Nonprofit VOTE and the National Association of Secretaries of State in making voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the November 6th election!
Minnesota’s Children: Know the Numbers
Get to know the kids that call the great state of Minnesota home. Here are some quick statistics of the 1.2 Million kids that live here.
- 1,281,200 children live in Minnesota
- 949,156 are White, non-Hispanic
- 92,531 are Black
- 98,416 are Hispanic
- 67,231 are Asian/Pacific Islander
- 17,948 are American Indian/Alaska Native
Education in Minnesota
Annual expenditure per public school pupil $11,088. This is 18th among states in per pupil expenditures.The District of Columbia is best; Utah is the worst state.
[*1st represents the best state for children and 51st represents the worst state for children in the country]
Public school 4th Graders:
- unable to read at grade level 64.7%
- unable to do math at grade level 47.1%
Public school 8th Graders:
- unable to read at grade level 60.7%
- unable to do math at grade level 52.4%
Number of 16- to 19-year-olds who have dropped out of high school 10,594
Child Hunger in Minnesota
- Number of children who receive SNAP (food stamps) 197,000
- Percent of eligible persons who receive SNAP (food stamps) 62%
- Number of children in the School Lunch Program 630,570
- Number of children in the Summer Food Service Program 74,691
- Number of women and children receiving WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) 131,187
All stats are from the Children’s Defense Fund State Fact Sheet — This fact sheet contains the most recent data as of January 26, 2012. For data sources and methodological notes, please visit: http://www.childrensdefense.org/cits.
Speak up for Minnesota Students with Your Vote
Want to find out what your candidates have to say about education in Minnesota? Check out this great tool on IRaiseMyHand.com. Enter your address and it will pull up local and national candidates and their stances on education funding.
Spend some time on the site, there is a ton of great information.