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2012 legislation of interest (so far)

SF 1556 (Lourey; Higgins; Marty; Hayden and Sheran) (Companion to HF
1907)

Referred to the Health and Human Services committee. Restores the 20% wage cut for family members providing personal care assistance (PCA) services.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S1556.0.html&session=ls87
HF 1953 (Abeler and Hilstrom)

Referred to the Education Reform
committee. Prohibits bullying and retaliation against bullying in public schools and requires public and charter schools to provide bullying prevention programs for all K-12 students.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H1953.0.html&session=ls87

HF 1986 (Gottwalt)

Referred to the Health and Human Services Reform committee. Reduces the income eligibility criteria for the Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program, which provides MinnesotaCare enrollees with vouchers to purchase health insurance on the private market, from 200% to 150% of the federal poverty level. Extends the period of time the person on the program has to choose a health insurance plan from three to four months before they lose their eligibility and have to reapply. Allows MinnesotaCare enrollees who are eligible for MCHA (Minnesota’s high-risk pool) to enroll in MCHA without first being denied coverage by a health plan.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H1986.0.html&session=ls87

HF2048
Council on Affairs of Chicano/Latino People, Council on Black Minnesotans, Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Indian Affairs Council, and Council on Disabilities continued existence provided.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H2048.0.html&session=ls87.

HF645
Collaborative grant program to reduce minority populations unemployment and appropriation
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H0645.0.html&session=ls87

SF1672 and HF1888
Expands medical assistance eligibility to include qualified noncitizens that entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996 and noncitizens that are not legally “qualified noncitizens” as they work toward citizenship. (this repeals the new provision passed in 2011 that cut off EMA for non-citizens).
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S1672.0.html&session=ls87

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Legislative

 

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What will college cost? Calculate it at each school’s website, to find net cost, after aid

All U.S. colleges and universities must now feature calculators to calculate the cost of going to college on their websites:

Parents and students plug in information about family finances and, in some cases, academic stats such as grade-point average, class rank and ACT scores. The calculators spew out a financial aid estimate and subtract it from the sticker price of tuition and other college costs, such as room, board and books.

Read more at http://www.twincities.com/ci_19796748

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in General Comments

 

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SEARAC Press Release: New Federal Guidance on Promoting Diversity & Reducing Racial Isolation in K-12 Schools and Higher Education Benefits SE Asian American Students

The below is a press release from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2011

Contact: Pang Houa Moua, panghoua@searac.org; (202) 744-0436

New Federal Guidance on Promoting Diversity and Reducing Racial Isolation in K-12 Schools and Higher Education Benefits Southeast Asian American Students

Washington, DC –  On Friday December 2, 2011, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice jointly issued new federal guidance to provide a roadmap for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities to leverage the benefits of educational diversity to achieve high quality, inclusive educational opportunities for all students. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) applauds this new guidance that provides tremendous opportunities for institutions to serve the educational needs of Southeast Asian American and other underserved students.

The guidance makes clear that the nation’s K-12 schools and colleges can use race in a variety of ways to assemble diverse student bodies and improve the quality of education for every student. The new guidance also provides concrete suggestions that K-12 schools and colleges can pursue in order to enhance social cohesion, reduce racial and economic isolation, and improve the quality of education for every student. The guidance for colleges and universities provides examples for a range of approaches to achieving diversity, including admissions procedures, development of pipeline programs, recruitment and outreach initiatives, and support programs (including mentoring, tutoring, and retention).

“At the K-12 level, too many of our students attend racially and economically isolated schools, and contrary to the ‘model minority myth’ – a misconception that all Asian Americans excel academically and face few obstacles – Southeast Asian American and Pacific Islander students remain underrepresented within higher education,” said Quyen Dinh, education policy advocate at SEARAC. Educational disparities within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community are highlighted when educational outcomes are disaggregated by subgroup. For example, according to the American Community Survey, in comparison to over 86% of the overall Asian American population who holds a high school degree or higher, disaggregated data reveals that this is true for only 67% of Cambodian, 65% of Hmong, 68% of Laotian, and 70% of Vietnamese Americans aged 25 and over. In California, a 2010 report found that over a four-year period, one-fifth of Pacific Islander students in grades 9-12 are estimated to drop out. This guidance is a powerful advocacy tool for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities to voice the needs for their students to be included in diversity policies at educational institutions.

SEARAC supports the Department of Education and Department of Justice in the issuance of this guidance and is ready to work with both agencies to ensure that this guidance acts to alleviate educational barriers that still exist for many Southeast Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Legislative, National news, Press Release

 

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Hmong College Prep Academy Achieves AYP for 4th Consecutive Year | Asian American Press | AAPress.com

HMONG COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY ACHIEVES AYP FOR 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

ST. PAUL — Hmong College Prep Academy (formerly Hmong Academy), a St. Paul-based charter school that provides Twin City students with a rigorous college prep curriculum, recently announced that it has met Minnesota Department of Education’s Adequate Yearly Progress goals for the fourth consecutive year.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Community news

 

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Minnesota Sounds and Voices: U’s homework help benefits Mpls. Hmong kids

Did you see this article on MPR?

Minnesota Sounds and Voices: U’s homework help benefits Mpls. Hmong kids”

THOUSANDS NEED HELP, ORGANIZER SAYS

Jay Clark said the idea for helping Hmong young people came to him six years ago when two Hmong students approached him at a drinking fountain.

“I asked them what school they went to and I asked them how they liked it and I expected them to say they it’s great they loved it and they said, ‘we’re getting hit,'” he said.

Clark said when he learned that Hmong kids are likely targets for abuse because they are short and don’t speak much English, he organized the tutoring program.

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Community news

 

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Minnesota Attorney General Targets School Bullies

Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking initiative to combat bulling in schools . Swanson’s new proposal will prohibit students from bullying and retaliating against victims or those who report bullying.

It will require districts to comply as early as January 1st, 2012. Districts will also be required to set procedures for immediate reporting of bullying including investigation and disciplinary action, and in applicable cases, notifying police. Bullying prevention programs will be needed to be provided to all K-12 students. Districts will be responsible for filing annual reports with the attorney general on bullying incidents at their schools. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Legislative

 

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