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So, How are the Children? – Education Forum Recap (post updated Nov. 1, 2011)

Post updated: November 1, 2011
We have uploaded a complete 16-page summary of the forum and also provided requested information about MN Dept. of Education’s NCLB waiver application.
Education Forum 2011 - Oct. 1

Education Forum 2011 - Oct. 1

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in CAPM Events, CAPM news, Community news, Legislative

 

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When it comes to jobs, Minnesota must embrace the future

Press Release: April 21, 2011

For Immediate Release Contact: Ilean Her, 651-757-1740

To view the PDF version of this PR, click here.

(St. Paul, MN). This week Governor Mark Dayton starts his job creation tour of Minnesota. People tell me in my role as Executive Director for the State Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are not doing so bad in this economy as evidence by our unemployment rate. Everyone it seems is focused on job creation and ending unemployment. And since our number is so low, we’ve got nothing to worry about right? Wrong. I do not want to be the harbinger of more bad news, but AAPIs do indeed share the pain in this bad economy, and in some areas, suffer disproportionately.

While it is true that the unemployment rate of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (7.7 percent) is lower than that of whites (8.1 percent) and the national average (9.1 percent) this is not and should not be the only measure of economic health (Footnote 1).

In the recent report, Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers, Center for Economic & Policy Research, July 2011, researchers made the following findings about the health and well-being of the AAPI worker:

Many AAPI workers face high unemployment (even in good times), experience working poverty, have problems obtaining health insurance, and struggle with disabilities and language difficulties that impede upward mobility.

  • In the second quarter of 2010, Asian Americans had the highest long-term unemployment rate of America’s major racial and ethnic groups.
  • Over half (51.7%) of unemployed Asian Americans had been unemployed for more than six months, and almost 4-in-10 (39%) had been unemployed for more than a year.
  • The employment rate for AAPIs is consistently higher than it is for blacks and Latinos, but consistently lower than it is for whites. All four groups suffered steep declines in employment between 2007 and 2010. In 2007, the employment rate for AAPIs was 70.8 percent; by 2010, it had fallen almost 5 percentage points, to 66.1 percent. (footnote 4) Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in CAPM news, Legislative, Press Release

 

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Concerns about Education and Health and Human Services Legislative Cuts

Click here for the full brief on health legislation

CAPM is concerned about cuts affecting Mental Health Care, Refugee and Immigrant Access to Health Care, and care for the Elderly, Disabled, and Low-income

  • Mental health remains to be a top concern of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community, especially with high levels of depression, suicide, and PTSD.
  • CAPM is troubled by accounts of refugees arriving in the US with no support or introduction on how to secure basic needs such as housing, school enrollment for children, etc. Elimination of health care coverage could exacerbate refugee population’s ability to reclaim security and independence in their lives.
  • CAPM is concerned that many of these cuts would negatively impact APIA individuals and families with elderly, disabled, and/or low-income statuses. The loss of health care and safety net programs could create more educational and economic barriers, especially for families with children.

Click here for the full brief on education legislation

  • CAPM is concerned that cuts to integration revenue, compensatory aid, special education, and adult basic education would negatively impact communities needing the most educational support
 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in CAPM news, Legislative

 

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CAPM and Council on Black Minnesotans opposed to integration cuts

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Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and Council on Black Minnesotans are opposed to integration and compensatory funding cuts in House Education Finance Omnibus bill.

On March 30, 2011, 2:30 AM, the MN House passed the Omnibus Education Bill, which eliminates the rule requiring integrated schools in Minnesota, cuts integration funding for Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, and freezes special education and Adult Basic Education funding. As an example of the impact of these cuts, Minneapolis Public Schools alone would lose about $17 million or $480 per student from integration funding cuts.

Families, students, and community leaders are deeply concerned about the shifting of funds from metro area schools with high levels of poverty to other parts of the state. The integration funding and compensatory aid funds are currently used to eliminate segregation in our schools and to close the educational achievement gap. The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and Council on Black Minnesotans maintain that the proposed cuts and freezes fundamentally undermine Minnesota’s efforts to reduce our state’s achievement gap and to promote educational equity.

While we recognize that funding in education is limited and needs more accountability and effective use, we maintain that the proposed cuts and freezes in education funding is not the answer. These cuts and freezes would disproportionately impact metro area schools whose populations are largely made up students of color and low-income students. These drastic cuts and freezes should not be made at the expense of our children and their future.

View the Letter from CAPM and CBM opposing integration cuts

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in CAPM news, Legislative

 

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CAPM responds to integration and compensatory cuts in education funding

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans opposed to integration and compensatory funding cuts in House Education Finance Omnibus bill

On March 22, 2011, the House Education Finance Committee recently heard and passed the Omnibus Education Bill, which eliminates the rule requiring integrated schools in Minnesota, cuts integration funding for Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, and freezes special education and Adult Basic Education funding. As an example of the impact of these cuts, Minneapolis Public Schools alone would lose about $17 million or $480 per student from integration funding cuts.

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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in CAPM news, Legislative

 

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