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Firings Ring out at Minneapolis School District

In a family outing recently, I had to explain the sound of gunshots to my son. He is 5.  We were about 100 miles north of our home in Northeast Minneapolis and we heard many shots fired. Not one, or two, but a lot.  Enough that we retreated into the camper to muffle out the […]

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Dear Superintendent Ed Graff

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is NOT to transport my child under any circumstances effective October 11, 2016.  I called the Davis Center’s Transportation Dispatch line at 612-668-2300 and settled on a note for the #5 Bus Driver to not transport my son. I was advised to also communicate with the school’s Transportation Coordinator directly. Our […]

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A Revolutionary Mother’s Guide to a bully becoming president

Author: Iris Altamirano   When a bully becomes president, reports of attacks on people of color, queers, Jews, Muslims, and those perceived to be from other countries are on the rise.  For a local list of hate on Minnesota school grounds, click here. I write this knowing that fear and love can not coexist in […]

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Courageous Conversations

Leticia and I are friends. Our children have been in the same classroom for the second year in a row at our neighborhood school. Together we would like to share with you our experience with an Art Teacher.  Our children are now in Kindergarten together.   Both our children mentioned that the teacher yells.  I […]

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Responsibility: Naming Casualties of Education War

By Iris Altamirano “You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” -Grace Lee Boggs Feb 1, 2014 is the day that I took personal responsibility for the educational disparities in our city. I accepted the challenge to run for one of two […]

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Educational Assault

By: Stephanie On September 25, 2015,  I was made aware of a very disturbing situation regarding my (then) 12 year old son. I was informed that one of his teachers physically assaulted him at school. He and a classmate were laughing during class about something. She called him to the front of the room, told […]

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Yu Jie Chen: A Chinese American Education Story

Author: Yu Jie Chen 34 years ago on October 25, 1982, I immigrated to Minnesota with my mom, two aunts, and 10 other children who are my siblings and cousins, ages from several months old to 11 years old. We didn’t know any English. Brought with us what we can carry in a few suitcases, […]

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Dispelling the myth that latino parents do not speak English

By: Iris Altamirano Earlier this year, two separate incidents remind me that it is important to dispel the myth that latino parents do not speak English.  Equally as important is that we urged us all  to be aware of the complexity of identity, especially when one does not fit neatly into one box or another. […]

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Courageous Conversations with the Art Teacher

Leticia and I are friends. Our children have been in the same classroom for the second year in a row, first in Pre-Kinder and now Kindergarten. Together we would like to share with you our experience with the Art Teacher.   Both our children mentioned that the Art Teacher yells.  I had to pep talk […]

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