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Education chief knows struggles

January 14, 2011 in INFORUM

Says public schools crucial for at-risk kids

MINNEAPOLIS When it comes to tackling Minnesota’s persistent racial achievement gap among students, the state’s new education chief may have no more luck than her predecessors. But it won’t be because she doesn’t understand the problem. Continue Reading

Minnesota’s new education commissioner knows struggle

January 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Brenda Cassellius, whom Gov. Mark Dayton made the first black woman tapped as education commissioner, grew up in a Minneapolis housing project and briefly dropped out of the University of Minnesota to have her first child on her own. Continue Reading