New St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III shakes hands with District Court Judge Tanya M. Bransford, who presided over his swearing in, during his inauguration at Central High School in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. He is surrounded by family members, including hiis wife, Sakeena Futrell-Carter, center right. (Pioneer Press / John Autey)Surrounded by his family, Melvin Carter III takes the oath of office as mayor of St. Paul at his alma mater, Central High School, in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. At right is his wife, Sakeena Futrell-Carter. (Pioneer Press / John Autey)New St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter III makes a point during his inaugural address at Central High School in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Pioneer Press / John Autey)New St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III shake hands with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton following Dayton's remarks during the Carter's inauguration at Central High School in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Pioneer Press / John Autey)Outgoing St. Paul … [Read more...] about In inaugural speech, Mayor Melvin Carter promises review of police, college savings for every St. Paul student
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By ALYSSA DANDREA Monitor staff Thursday, December 27, 2018 Print Concord NH Owen Labrie St. Paul's School 2018 story of the year How government oversight could reshape a pervasive culture of sexual abuse and misconduct at St. Paul’s School is a story that will take shape long after 2018. But this year ushered in that new beginning, set in motion by what experts coined a groundbreaking move by the state attorney general’s office to hold the prestigious Concord prep school accountable for decades of ignoring sexual misconduct and abuse.The state’s top prosecutors made the decision this summer not to pursue criminal charges against St. Paul’s after a 14-month investigation. Instead, the attorney general signed an agreement with the institution’s leaders that provides a mechanism of enforcement with an independent overseer and creates recourse for victims who have disclosed stories of abuse spanning six decades.As more victims came forward in 2017 … [Read more...] about 2018 Stories of the Year: St. Paul’s School falls under government oversight
As a Minneapolis resident and housing advocate, I attended the public hearing on the budget Wednesday night. The point of the public hearing was for City Council members to hear what constituents support (and don’t support) in the mayor’s proposed 2019 budget. There were over 130 testimonies delivered, and it was inspiring to see so many Minneapolis residents engage with their city’s budget process. Residents spoke strongly that they care about affordable housing. One thing is clear: Affordability is slipping away. One-fifth of Minneapolis residents are cost-burdened renters, and conditions have only worsened in the past five years. Since 2012, average monthly rent in Minneapolis has risen by 31 percent. This increase in rents is unprecedented and unsustainable, which is why it is important that City Council members do not move any money away from housing in the mayor’s proposed budget. Every dollar allocated for housing is needed to address the myriad needs … [Read more...] about Readers Write: Affordable housing, Senate vote on Yemen war, distracted driving, Fort Snelling housing, St. Paul art, the tonne.
Almost two years ago, Dawn L. Selle came upon a photo at St. Paul’s Hallie Q. Brown Center of an African-American social club meeting in the early 1900s. Selle, who had just started as the center’s director of external affairs and development, started asking who the people in the photograph were and what they were doing. Nothing came up. That was when Selle took charge of an existing archival project to preserve, digitize and document historic memorabilia and thousands of photos of the center and the surrounding Rondo neighborhood. The project uses community input, especially from senior members. She now knows about 80 percent of the people in that photo. “One of the things that bothers me the most is when you Google ‘unknown negro,’ hundreds of thousands of photos that come up,” Selle said. “We’re going to do our part in St. Paul to make sure we could identify who were in the photos that we have in boxes. Because we have thousands of … [Read more...] about Recognize these people? A St. Paul community center is trying to ID old Rondo photos
St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is aiming to boost community engagement and to be more responsive to parents, especially those in its Parent Advisory Councils, when they weigh in with concerns. School board members discussed the subject last week after being hammered in recent months by the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for allegedly neglecting the needs of Asian students — the district’s largest constituency. Superintendent Joe Gothard is making “robust community engagement” one of the pillars of a new strategic plan, SPPS Achieves, to be detailed in December. He also is taking CAAL’s calls seriously. Last month, Gothard appeared on 3 Hmong TV to talk about the district’s request for more operating money — approved overwhelmingly by voters last Tuesday — and he has agreed to expand busing citywide to two schools that specialize in Hmong language and culture. “This is an important step to support Hmong language by … [Read more...] about St. Paul Public Schools has plan to better engage with parents