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Will the Republican Party of Minnesota figure out their messaging while Donald Trump opens all the doors?

With the growing and popularity of 2016 presidential candidate Mr. Donald J. Trump, one might think local GOP state offices would get a clue and get off the status quo bus of rejecting not only their own, but many looking for a firing solution in Minnesota’s conservative field of play. I mean really, how could you let the local mainstream media mess publish a story titled, “Conservative Backlash Emerges Against Black Lives Matter Movement,” with a picture of the Confederate flag and you, (MNGOP) have no comments?

By Don Allen, Political Forecaster and Conservative Blogger

The Republican Party of Minnesota has always aimed to be the top political party in Minnesota. Minnesota’s fourth and fifth congressional districts are geographically combined urban and suburban congressional districts in Minnesota. GOP candidates are not winning local races in congressional Districts four and five. The state party office is struggling with an overwhelming debt, leadership gone cock-eyed and frustrated supporters looking for the next great Conservative hope that will, without change, become this election cycles sacrificial lamb.

Undying supporters of local candidates have a tough choice in supporting the state party, knowing that some of their donations might be applied to past debt, or sending money to an individual candidate, assuring a donation will be used to assist the candidate during the campaign season; common sense denotes the second choice.

The start-up of a new Republican Party of Minnesota with collaborations including prime conservatives, Libertarians and Log Cabin GOP type might be an opportunity to get media coverage and distribute real-time information about the MNGOP and Republican endorsed candidates. But is this really what the MNGOP wants? Being in the good grace of the chairman of the Republican National Committee in any federal election year has done nothing for Minnesota GOP endorsed candidates. Some of the candidates, who did win, won at great costs by challenging the volunteer-paying Minnesota DFL.

One solution would be to ride on the coattail of Donald Trump.

Trump, the outspoken, bold and to-the-point candidate of the 2016 presidential has shown not only Americans in real time, but those stiff-suits, stick-in-the-ass leaders in the Republican Party there is a method that can change outcomes locally and nationally. But you got to have balls with those stiff upper-lips.

The Minnesota GOP faces obstacles such as public policy, image, outreach, and debt as they try to overcome chaotic internal organizational design, lack of cordial and diplomatic public relations with black American males, and no real or meaningful incoming cash flow from Republican supporters or anyone else. In other words, the Minnesota GOP cannot hire the type of grassroots organizers in the “hood” to help them spread the truth…of course this would be only after they figure out the truths.

This has increased their undesirable debt. One of the most difficult obstacles they face is competing against the opposing party for valuable office positions. Money plays a vital role in this aspect because the party with more money is able to appeal to voters in more ways than the party with less; but that’s common sense 101.

To try and solve this, first of all, the Republican Party of Minnesota needs to develop a user-friendly profile, one that neither chairman Keith Downey or deputy chair Chris Fields have figured out. Since forever, the Minnesota GOP state office has not been able to design and distribute a campaign that would address current political challenges in Minnesota, but chose to only make contact with its current GOP base.

The lack of new and intentional talking points customized for Minnesota’s highly liberal-leaning population that focuses on issues that more people have in common verses antiquated talking points like fiscal responsibility and small government, which means nothing to a citizen without a job fall on deaf ears.

Rather than saying you agree with the U.S. Constitution, why not fight for those who the constitution has failed; work for constituents who are poor, of color, and lack the voice of from conservatives who say they are very concerned with education, civil rights and making sure Minnesota is creating one of the worlds best workforces? Of course it’s a tough sell; the generational perception of bigotry about Republicans has been reinforced by their lack of actions, more so the lack of engagement and the rejection of black people.

We already know that black GOP endorsed candidates could win in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but who in their right mind in a community of multicultural design would step into the box of GOP talking points? Some of us black conservatives already know that Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden are done in Minneapolis; state representative Rena Moran has seen better days in St. Paul and Columbia Heights’ Carolyn Laine might has well run for senate because based on her activities assisting to dismantle the a black state organization, Laine will carry very few votes from blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans. The question is, why hasn’t the Minnesota GOP been collaborating with local black American conservatives who could easily win in both senators’ districts and replace more than one state representative?

This is telling in itself.

Part II: Why has the Minnesota GOP been silent on the homeless veterans issue?


How Do Teachers’ Unions Affect Public School Outcomes?

By ANDREW J. COULSON (Originally published Sept. 2012)

That’s a question I was asked this morning by a reporter. Interesting as it seems, it misses the real impact that teachers unions have on American education: protecting the public school monopoly from private sector competition.

Average compensation for public school teachers is $17,000 higher than for their private sector peers. That’s despite the fact that private schools perform as well or better academically and have higher graduation and college matriculation rates (after taking student/family background and other differences between sectors into account). So public schools offer generally inferior outcomes at a roughly 50% cost premium over independent schooling.

Were it not for the relentless and historically highly effective campaigning of teachers’ unions, it is hard to imagine that the public would have so long perpetuated the public school monopoly. At the federal level, public school employee unions contribute as much as Chevron, Exxon Mobil, the NRA, and Lockheed Martin combined—$56 million between 1989 and 2010.

But that figure pales in comparison to what teachers’ unions spend protecting their government monopoly at the state level. They spent $55 million in California alone—in a single year—fighting then-governor Schwarzenegger’s 2005 reform initiatives. During the 2006–07 school year, the NY state teachers union spent $571,012 at a single luxury hotel, the Desmond, near the statehouse in Albany.

This lobbying is to protect union members from competition by preventing American families from easily accessing independent, non-unionized, alternatives. The teachers’ unions lobby against charter schools, vouchers, and education tax credit programs that make private schooling affordable to lower and middle income families. And while the unions have lost a few high profile battles in the past year, the vast majority of American children are still assigned to a government school, based on where they live, by bureaucrats who have never met them.

It is a system that only makes sense if the goal of public education is to create a protected class of government employees. If we want a system that will serve the needs of children, then all schools should have to compete for the privilege of serving each and every student, and their revenues should depend on parents’ estimation of the quality of that service… just as happens right now in the vastly more efficient and responsive independent education sector.

Dear White People

By Ryan Douglas (Nevermore), Guest Contributor – OurBlackNews.com

Dear self-deprecating white people,

For the love of all that is pure and holy, please, cut that shit out. First off, I can do bad all by myself. So, when I break the law by willfully committing crimes and get arrested, thus becoming another “black man” statistic, I am to blame, not you. When I point a gun, or a facsimile of one, at a police officer and get shot, I am to blame, not you. When I skip school to hang out on the corner with my equally irresponsible friends, I am to blame, not you. When I have opportunities that my parents and grandparents could only dream of, and I fail to take advantage of those opportunities, thus becoming another statistic, I am to blame, not you. When I get stopped for a seemingly insignificant traffic infraction, and I am found with drugs and/or paraphernalia, thus getting arrested and becoming another statistic, I am to blame, not you. Ten percent of my life I have zero control over; what other people choose to say or do to me, the weather, the economy, traffic, etc. The other 90%, I, and I alone, am fully responsible for. Not you.

As I am typing this on a computer and as it is uploaded onto social media, it is safe for you to assume that I was not alive during slavery. Neither were you. It is safe to assume that on both our sides, none of our family within 3 generations lived during slavery. Therefore, I do not need you to feel guilty for the existence of the North American Slave Trade. I don’t need you to sit with your equally self-deprecating hippie friends and chain yourselves together, wearing t-shirts that say “Guilty.” That means absolutely nothing to me. It does absolutely nothing in my life but make me ask myself, “What is it with these white people?” If you choose to feel guilty for something you did not do, for something neither of us were alive to experience, that is your choice. But do not sit there and claim that it is on my behalf. Do not claim to do it for my sake. It has nothing to do with me. In fact, it only serves to speak toward your own bloated self-importance. It speaks to your own narcissism-to think that events that ended 150 years ago somehow center around you making apologies and declaring yourselves guilty, to think that your own self-perceived guilt is somehow a major factor in my life, who are you? I am more than capable of feeling guilty for my own flaws and misdeeds. I do not need to carry your self-aggrandizing and misplaced guilt as well. You were not there. I was not there. So what makes you think you owe me anything? What makes you think that your own importance, relative to the passage of time in relationship to those events, has any bearing on my life?

Our parents and grandparents lived during the social upheaval that was the Civil Rights Movement. We did not. Maybe your family was on one side and mine on the other. Maybe they were both on the same side. The point is that neither of us were there. You did not lynch me. You did not kidnap me. You did not burn crosses in my yard and terrorize my family. You did not refuse me service in your establishment. You did not call me “nigger.” Nor was I alive then to experience any of those things. I can understand later generations apologizing for the actions of earlier generations. It happens often, however, not to the point that the apologetic parties begin to hate themselves or feel guilty for what they have not done. The apology is still sincere, however, it is an acknowledgement that what was done in the past was wrong, and an agreement to find better ways in the present and future.

What you fail to realize is that as a black man in America, I was raised by this society to be ashamed of my blackness. I was raised to be ashamed of big lips, a big nose, “nappy” hair, etc., all things I could not control. I was raised to believe that there were only two places for a black man to end up, jail or the cemetery. I was raised to believe that the primary purpose for a black man was to play basketball or football. Imagine the surprise on the actual bigoted racist white people when they found out I completely sucked at basketball and was not passionate about football. Imagine their surprise when they found out I was an avid reader. To this day, people are still surprised when they have heard my voice or read my writing and then actually meet me. As a black man, I am not supposed to be eloquent or well versed. Even further still, I am not supposed to have an intense fondness for rodeo, country/bluegrass/folk music, NASCAR, baseball, big trucks, country girls, and country living. But I do. I am who I am. The point of all that is not to give you further reasons to torture yourself. It is to tell you that I know what it is to feel ashamed of yourself, based not on any valid reasoning, but on the actions and prejudices of others. THAT is not something you want to take upon yourself-being ashamed of your identity and factors out of your control. At the end of the day, I am-as we all are-who I choose to be.

I cannot be held accountable for the deeds and words of my father, my grandfather, my great grandfather, etc. In the same vein, I cannot, and will not, hold you accountable for the deeds and words of your predecessors. That, in itself, is just as unfair as subjugating someone based on an ignorant prejudice.

We all have numerous things we could feel guilty for. However, we do not need to invent new kinds of guilt to add to our collection. You do not need to carry your white guilt like a cross of crucifixion. I do not need you to do it either. If you want to do something positive and invaluable, stop with the wholly unnecessary “white guilt,” stand up, look me in the eye, and let us address each other on the same footing. Let us put our hearts and intelligences together and find a way to ensure that our children never experience any of these things. Let us work side by side, as equals, to fix the problems of the past so that we may build a better future together. Let us finally release the past and relegate it to its proper place behind us, so that we may look forward together and share the same vision of the future. That’s what I need you to do.

Your constant apologies, well intentioned as they may be, do absolutely nothing for me, for my son, for our future, or for yours. Your self-flagellation produces no other results than drawing attention to yourself and keeping both of us from working together to create a future in which none of this is even necessary.

Just as we cannot be held accountable for what our descendants do generations from now, we cannot be held accountable for what our ancestors did. All we can do is hold ourselves and each other accountable for what we do today. If we do not let go of the past, we will have no room for the future. If we continue to stare into the past, we will never see the future. We cannot change what happened yesterday, nor can we dictate what will happen tomorrow. The one and only thing we can do is work together today.

Will Donald Trump be the first “corporation” running for President?

I am in awe of the man, the brand, and the image named Donald J. Trump.

By Don Allen, Publisher-Veteran-Conservative

Personally, as an independent conservative that does not drink the kool aid of any major party, I find Trump’s dichotomizing of what it means to be politically correct in some cases, using the rules of postmodernism (which have no rules), and is positioned by one having a skeptical interpretations of culture, philosophy, history, economics and politics, a refreshing way to deal with the boring, antiquated, racist white-male patriarchal system that calls itself the Republican Party of America.

Common sense is not catchy, of course anyone who can reap millions in free, unrestricted network and cable news advertising with just his brand influence, he can certainly be the president of the United States. If Donald Trump wins the 2016 bid for the White House, then is a corporation the president of the United States?

In a 2014 article on National Public Radio (NPR), titled, “When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution,” the author writes, “Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. And in the past four years, the high court has dramatically expanded corporate rights. It ruled that corporations have the right to spend money in candidate elections, and that some for-profit corporations may, on religious grounds, refuse to comply with a federal mandate to cover birth control in their employee health plans.”

In 2010, United States Supreme Court derailed Campaign Finance Laws, and rules that govern the financing of the nation’s political campaigns, partially upending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued just ahead of the pivotal 2010-midterm congressional election season.

Of course this is also the same Supreme Court that decided in Glossip v. Gross that states may use a drug linked to apparently botched executions to carry out death sentences. “Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by four other justices, concludes that a disputed drug used to render condemned prisoners unconscious as the first stage in the lethal injection process works sufficiently well that it does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment,” (New York Times).

I’m sorry, but does anyone else think something is very wrong?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of corporations and personhood blotches the lines between corporate and individual contributions in political campaigns. The ruling also struck down part of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law (The Atlantic) that banned unions and corporations from paying for political ads in the waning days of campaigns.

Was the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States being used as a pawn in an elaborate game of liberal control of campaign financing? The ruling did not have any principal if you look at the standing of who would be affected; the ruling did not help Republicans or Democrats.

Enter Mr. Donald Trump and his estimated $10 billion value.

Trump’s personhood or the quality or condition of being an individual person, has given him the opportunity to participate the presidential campaign showboating as Trump the Corporation unbeknownced by many; of course I mean no disrespect when I write “showboating,” because the United States needs The Donald just as he is.

Unlike presidential candidates in the past, he (Trump) does not need money from the public or private sector; but if he becomes the GOP nominated contender for president, campaign finance, under it’s current infrastructure, it will be required to “rain on Trump” in a very big way. According the FEC, public funding of Presidential elections means that qualified Presidential candidates receive federal government funds to pay for the valid expenses of their political campaigns in both the primary and general elections. National political parties also receive federal money for their national nominating conventions. Sounds like a good hullabaloo to be in.

Also from FEC records, in 2012, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent a combined $30.33 every second the election cycle, as a binge of campaign spending deluged voters with rallies, banners, and of course, TV ads. The figure comes from a grand total of more than $1.7 billion spent by both sides through mid-October. Now ask yourself, would Trump spending $2 billion (of his own money), put him in the White House? That’s integrity people.

Now on the other hand, Trump, the man; and the corporation may have more rights than the average American citizen in this case because “Trump” is a corporation, and a living, walking and breathing presidential candidate with the attitude of a hard-nosed business mogul…what, he is a hard-nosed business mogul. The United States, voters and the world is poised on having the first “corporation” elected as president, if he wins in 2016.

Trump, the corporation, has many advantages the average U.S. citizen does not know about as confirmed in a statement by Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA: “So while a business corporation can’t go to church, fast on Yom Kippur, or travel to Mecca for Ramadan, it can still go to court and, on the basis of religious freedom, demand to be exempted from the law that applies to everyone else.”

Trump’s use of the law has gotten him out of many tight spaces. First things first: Donald Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. All of these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, all of which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump rebounds nicely and in some cases, the general public doesn’t know the difference between a business bankruptcy and a personal one. In minority communities, supporters of liberal-values talking points have been consistent in telling community members that Trump cannot run the United States because he filed bankruptcy…of course this tactic is wearing very thin when Trump’s obvious and current celebrity, money, businesses and television interviews do not show a man down on his luck in the least bit. If I had a choice of naming one of my favorite role, or “real models” in life, Mr. Trump would take first chair; I like to work hard to have nice things; a value misplaced in some American liberal circles. #entitlements

Trump’s rejection of the GOP status quo and their standing in some cases to the “left” of Ronald Regan have set in motion some troubling conflicts within the Republican National Committee (RNC) and GOP offices around the United States. Local state GOP’s wanted to dismiss Trump early on as an abnormality, using the talking point, he was not a “Republican,” (I will talk more about that in my next story).

The Trump strategy is amazing for those who can pull their heads out of the partisan mud and look at the 2016 presidential campaign for what it really is…a return to old fashion politics.

Go Trump the corporation! Maybe someone will ask you what you really want.

Update: 8.29 10:30 am – Shots ring out by the U of M; one shot in front of the Red Sea restaurant – misses the local news

Sources tell OBN that alleged witnesses are uncooperative and or unwilling to give information to the Minneapolis Police. If you witnessed this crime, it is your duty as a citizen of Minnesota to cooperate and  contact law enforcement. Thank you. 

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Last night (Thursday – 8/27),  local hip-hop music-maker and rapper extraordinaire Craig Dyar, Jr. – known by “Dot Ducati” was shot point-blank in front of the popular nightclub near the U of M called the Red Sea. Dyar is stabilized and his family is at his bedside.

Sources tell OBN that after the “rap battle,” someone came up to Dyar and sucker punched him from behind, then the unidentified black man pulled out a small caliber weapon and shot Dyar multiple times. Dyar’s brother-in-law, who does not want to be named said, “The look on this dudes face (the man who shot), was like a wild monster. He wanted to kill my guy.” According to sources, there were multiple witnesses to this shooting.

Witnesses say Minneapolis police were across the street and let the suspect get away on foot after repeated calls to catch the perpetrator.

The Red Sea restaurant is a popular nightspot and performance venue near the University of Minnesota on the fringe of downtown Minneapolis.   There have been no returned calls from the venue in regards to this story.

If you have any information about the shooter, you are encouraged to call the Minneapolis Police Department.


Federal Judge Susan J. Dlott Subpoenas National NAACP President

NAACP leadership will have to talk now.

NAACP leadership will have to talk now.

Our Black News – Breaking News

Federal Judge Susan J. Dlott has subpoenaed the National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and the National NAACP Legal Counsel.  The hearing is tomorrow at 10:00 AM in Federal Court.  “The local NAACP election has been hijacked.  It is sad that the National NAACP has added to the chaos by not following their own constitution,” said Councilman Christopher Smitherman.

A Child’s success is a Contract with Mom: Killing the Achievement Gap

Recorded results have shown that Collective Impact Groups have stalled in helping children of color achieve and maintain success in the public school system. A new delivery tool is here and today I introduce the foundation and rationale on why “Mom” is so important in making sure we pay attention to doing first-things-first and bringing the private sector along for this history-making ride to success.

By Don Allen, Publisher-Educator

I want to help superintendents and minority leaders see that the dependent event systems stack early real requirements on parents and mentors concerned with the at risk child’s success. Even the collective impact model has real first things first required in the sense of a generic process of cascading the results of dependent events to the final event of graduation ready to succeed. There is a logical physics and mathematical property to be seen that limits throughput to what was previously throughput and no more but possibly even less. Once this impact on throughput is seen, the concepts of first things first right the first time for highest quality and lowest cost becomes the direct substantive content to the goal, objective and out of box solution. It is out of the box innovative attention during the years of age 0-6 to a required result that will increase the positive expectation of graduation from high school, at the early age of 6. We call this the PVofPE-Prek. Duplicating the children not at risk to drop out.

Every system of dependent events needs to see its elements as:

  1. The dependent events and the capacity constraints they create
  2. Variation
  3. Time
  4. Balanced effort must be made unbalanced at critical points to keep up or catch up because:
  • The ability to go fast is limited to the slowest effort
  • Throughput is not an average in reality—there are real limits to doing faster or catching up but there are no limits to doing slower and falling behind or further behind.
  • As an example, a balanced effort with variation of 1,2,3,4,5,6 has an average effort of 3.5 over 10 steps expecting a logical throughput yield of 35. But, this will demonstrate only 20 consistently because of variation. The bottleneck makes it even worse.
  • Systems of dependent events prone to bottlenecks cannot make up for lost learning not achieved and the time/effort spent not successfully learning within the balanced efforts.
  • Throughput is only less once a student falls behind. The only solution to that is to stop the process and have the child learn what was missed in an unbalanced way.

If you do not recognize the above in your plan for your area you cannot get gift funding from the private sector because the private sector knows all about First Things First Right The First Time One Size Fits One (FTFRTFT) and the gift givers (banks) are good at suspecting when the commitment is missing. USA VALUES, LLC is counting on – The private sector being compelled to – give a gift – if they can see that -FTFRTFT understanding – in what goes on in the – public sector led by the Public School District – led by a superintendent – joined with minority leaders – who are willing to call itself a – Cause-Effect-Cause district – of high quality change for the minority and poor cultures – by moving cultural attention – to real readiness. The move has to be to age 0-6 children before they get in this position. Let’s look at the facts as measured by 3 districts.

Children Children of Parents
St. Paul School District 3rd Grade Proficiency % # Not Who will accept the gift
2013 2014 2015 Proficient 2200
Total from MDE 37.2 41.1 36.4 2957 1881 63.6
American Indian/Alaskan Native 30.4 38.2 28.8 73 52 71.2
Asian/Pacific Islander 24.5 26.8 27.6 784 568 72.4
Hispanic 25.1 29.3 31.8 424 289 68.2
Black, not of Hispanic Origin 28 30.7 23.3 935 717 76.7
White, not of Hispanic Origin 68.9 76.1 65.7 741 254 34.3
All Students 2957 1880
Children Children of Parents
Minneapolis School District 3rd Grade Proficiency % Not Who will accept the gift
2013 2014 2015 Proficient 2000
Total from MDE 42 41 41.1 2962 1745 58.9
American Indian/Alaskan Native 21.1 16.5 19.6 112 90 80.4
Asian/Pacific Islander 37.6 36.7 35.8 179 115 64.2
Hispanic 16.5 22.3 21.2 566 446 78.8
Black, not of Hispanic Origin 22.8 21.5 20.6 1027 815 79.4
White, not of Hispanic Origin 77.6 74.8 74.3 1076 277 25.7
All Students 2960 1743
Children Children of Parents
Rochester School District 3rd Grade Proficiency % Not Who will accept the gift
2013 2014 2015 # Proficient used 650
Total from MDE 57.1 56.3 59.3 1298 528 40.7
American Indian/Alaskan Native 46.2 13 7 53.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 62 49.4 55.1 158 71 44.9
Hispanic 33.9 34.2 25 124 93 75
Black, not of Hispanic Origin 37.3 36.6 45 200 110 55
White, not of Hispanic Origin 64.8 65.3 69.2 803 247 30.8
All Students 1298 528

The third grade minority children at age 9 are generally under 30% proficient in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is a huge deficit that is impossible to make up in grades K-12 after the first 4 grades of effort. The concept that this could be made up using white non-cultural volunteers is insulting, unless the volunteer is the parent. If you cannot see the any choice reflection in the above your compassion is way overpowering your logic. More grades 4 and 5 tutoring will not get you to first things first.

So for the collective impact model to take a left turn to more tutoring in grades 4 and 5 is the wrong turn for the reasons stated. You cannot get a “35” for the effort once you fall this far behind. The result of extra volunteer effort if you are going to count on it as productive capacity is marginal for the balanced system and 20 cannot be worked to a “35” result. The children go on to missing the opportunity of the USA. This conclusion cannot be altered; it is part of reality.  (See appendix 2 — Theory of Constraints — page 129 by Eliyahu M. Goldratt published in 1990.)

Leaders have no choice but to deal with reading proficiency before the age of 6 and never let the child become not proficient. That means three things must become first things first in each community that has 3rd grade measures similar to the above (every urban community).   The pacing plan has been written for those communities. The unique plans crafted locally would automatically be a way forward that includes the direct influence of mom and culture.

  1. Influence on mother to help the child create him or herself as an individual with positive expectations for self and community
  2. Delivery of Early Reading and Counting Skills along with an understanding of positive expectations in connection with the change in influence (ERSD-RA)
  3. Importance and justice of NewOldMoney existing from the private sector as a gift to be able to deliver the most direct skills and the first influence to individual growth of child and mother.

If a school district becomes cause-effect-cause influenced by first things first right the first time it should expect the gift of early reading skills delivered before kindergarten from the private sector (Federal Reserve Bank and Board of Governors proposed micro monetary policy). That money of 20 billion dollars per year, for the whole nation’s 2,000,000 at risk children going into kindergarten each year should prompt out of the box change efforts and expectations from at least 5-10% of the urban districts in the next 5 years. Expect a 25-year turnaround that would cover the most rewarding locations.

You understand of course that the collective impact models do not focus on age 0-6 children with the intensity to never allow them to fall behind the best performances before kindergarten. They do not have a prayer of really closing the gap. Having a child screened at age 3 is never going to cut to the real requirement that is emerging in the private sector to be ready to read before kindergarten. As a minority leader standing for the governor or the mayor the no choice position must be taken. It is not complicated and it is extremely rewarding. http://www.usavaluescoupons.com/absorbent-mind-maria-montessori/ If the no choice position is not taken — due to politics or status quo — now — someone else will need to position it later. First things first solutions never go away. That is why this solution has stood the test of time in the private sector. And its attributes are now being called for by Chester E. Finn Jr. in his short book titled — ​Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut. This is a simple commitment for compassion with requirements and the proof is found wherever at risk children are addressed most early in life. The cause-effect-cause concept is part of FTFRTFT that can only help each and every school district deals with the capacity constraints in a win-win effort.

Black Lives Matter the movement does not matter

"I have watch too many black men grow old fighting for civil rights and equity in Minneapolis to let a group of self-serving nobodies just make noise and get on the television news." ~Don Allen

“I have watch too many black men grow old fighting for civil rights and equity in Minneapolis to let a group of self-serving nobodies just make noise and get on the television news.” ~Don Allen

Enough is enough. The organizers of the Twin Cities Black Lives Matter movement are planning a protest, march and rally focused on the Minnesota State Fair. I cannot comprehend the strategic planning, if any, by the high-fee paid leadership of the group. As a black man with a vision, I can see a hundred other missions that would be meaningful that help black Minnesotans live a piece of the American Dream. The motivation behind this of a secret agenda, one that puts the Twin Cities Black Lives Matter group one-step, one confrontation  from being shut down permanently.

by Don Allen, Veteran-Publisher-Conservative-Educator

I once took a solemn oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Be advised that no one has ever relieved me of my duties under this oath. Also, please be advised I understand the senseless killing of unarmed black men women must stop; but also, be advised, I understand that ALL life created by God in heaven matters and to take offense to that statement makes you and the movement you cherish so dearly an enemy of the state.

If Black Lives Matter, they would turn back to local agencies (city of Minneapolis/St. Paul,  State of Minnesota, etc.) and focus their protest in a meaningful way on those who continue to keep the proverbial boot on our head. The movement has enough members in Minnesota to look at and engage elected officials, department heads and corporations who don’t see the value of a black life. But, this is too right.

The Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota led by Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, who happens to be the president of the Minneapolis NAACP is nothing more than an elaborate cover for alleged speaking engagement fees in excess of $5000.00.

If Black Lives Matter, Minnesota would have a History Museum full of artifacts of the many wonderful accomplishments of black people in the state. If Black Lives Matter, Minnesota would have a fair and balanced workforce being trained in all disciplines via a firm like Summit Academy and Louis J King. If Black Lives Matter, our public school system would have a contract with mothers of pre-k children who pick up books and understand the curriculum to ensure their children are ready-to-read by kindergarten. If Black Lives Matter our third-graders would not be 45 percent under proficiency in reading, math, science, gym and social studies; If Black Lives Matter, black Minnesotans would not let the public school system continue to create functional illiterates.

If Black Lives Matter, the city of Minneapolis’ Civil Rights department would not be led my a director whose main purpose is to protect the interests of business, especially white owned and operated while dismissing the obvious missteps of contract compliance in the city of Minneapolis where less than 1 percent of of SAOIC graduates have been employed by local and out-state prime contractors working inside the city of Minneapolis.

If Black Lives Matter, the governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton would understand that generational obstructions of wealth and economic development is taking the black community deeper into debt with no chance of living just a piece of the American Dream. Therefore the governor should honor well-laid-plans to grant funds to partnerships that focus and complete engagements inside the black community.

If Black Lives Matter, it, the movement would not be looked on a lie to give a few black talking heads a platform for television and newspaper interviews. If Black Lives Matter, they would see that Martin, Malcolm, Huey and Nelson are turning in their graves watching the despicable hypocrisy.

If Black Lives Matter, then a #APlanMatters.

Why Collective Impact Organizations continue to fail minority children in education

At this point in the Twin Cities, the only stakeholder that really matters is the slayer holding the hammer and wooden stake above the hearts of poor and black learners while intellectuals continue to meet, socialize and one-up each other.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Collective Impact should be a commitment of a group of intellectuals from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. Collective impact should bring people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change. Collective impact initiatives have, and are currently, being employed for a wide variety issues, including education, health and healthcare, animal welfare, homelessness, poverty reduction, and youth and community development. In the Twin Cities, collective impact models have been compared to social cabals connected, one-sided to a liberal agenda and a political party of “friends,” who would never be held accountable for any failure of public school children; especially children of color. If local collective impact groups are promoting such great successes in their commitment to the education of minority learners, especially African American boys, then why is the proficiency for black students in third grade less than 70 percent? Numbers from the Minnesota Department of Education for St. Paul Public Schools (black children) shows third-grade proficiency in 2013: 37.2; 2014: 41.1; and in 2015: 36.4 percent…this number represents 2957 students of which 1881 are not proficient (63.3 percent).

Another group of upsetting numbers are from Minnesota’s First People (Native Americans) in the third grade (St. Paul Public Schools): 2013: 30.4; 2014: 38.2; and in 2015: 28.8, which represents 73 students with 52 not proficient (71.2 percent).

Do any of these names look familiar to you? Look very closely.

Do any of these names look familiar to you? Look very closely.

While these organizations might be committed to education, they are not working, staff and management for free; most of these organizations are supported by local philanthropic groups who have staff to  sit on the boards to ensure these “pet projects,” and their friends are financially supported. (See Figure A)

Maybe you are familiar with some of the Twin Cities collective impact organizations and models; Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ); Generation Next, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MnEEP); African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and many more who have yet to change the trend of students of color in Minneapolis and St. Paul’s public school systems…but hell, they’re working on solutions…(sarcasm font).

Some of these CIO miss the point all together. For example, 100 percent of children at age two are ready-to-read, the absorbent-mind this there naturally. So where is the CIO that is contracting with Mom, parents and caregivers to develop a seamless flow to make sure at-risk, poor, minority and white pre-kindergarten learners are developing the skills to be read-to-read?

Why all of a sudden is CIO’s a spectacle to be part of the intellectual social talking points? Emmett D. Carson, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in a story for the Huffington Post wrote, “The concept of collective impact appears to be at a fever pitch throughout the nonprofit sector. Collective impact is center stage at nonprofit and foundation conferences and there are now webinars, seminars and trainings about how to implement this approach. Unfortunately, a close examination of the concept suggests that even under ideal conditions it appears difficult to achieve and, in some cases, may undermine key values of the nonprofit sector.”

Not to mention the undermined community of color that rarely participates at this level of engagement. In the Twin Cities, the majority of education organizations outside the district are led by either white men or women, or minorities who have been given a pass because they might deal with minorities other than black learners.

Carson says, “Equally troubling is the underlying belief that nonprofits have secret knowledge that magically eludes foundation boards and staff, many of whom were recruited from the very same nonprofits.” (See Figure A)

When looking at the leadership council list of Generation Next, ask yourself: “What challenges has any of these folks really fixed?” It is my assessment, unlike any business, or nonprofit, there are challenges that cannot be addressed because of the people who are “allowed” to come to the table. Not one person has the knowledge about how to solve any education gap; collectively, it is important for CIO to continue their “missions” regardless of outcomes; as seen in both the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.

I’m like everybody else…a sucker for a shiny brochure and PowerPoint presentation that says how great everything is going to be and how the numbers have increased .00001 percent (yeah, we are on the rise!). In reality, where I am based, the fact remains black boys and black girls, poor whites, Native Americans, Asian and Somali learners have not benefited from collective impact organizations or models in the Twin Cities.

In closing, I received an email from a local collective impact organization that said they would go to rural Minnesota to seek answers for the inner-city folks. Sounds like a fun field trip to me.

Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead?

Lynnell Mickelsen is a long-time progressive activist who lives in Minneapolis and blogs about education at putkidsfirstmn.org.

By Lynnell Mickelsen | Originally published in MinnPost on 02/23/15

Here’s a modest education proposal for my fellow white people, especially my fellow lefties in Minneapolis: What if we stopped talking about how to fix African-American and Latino kids and worked on fixing white progressives instead?

I know. It sounds crazy. But stay with me, beige people.

We’ve spent years — nay, decades — bemoaning our achievement gap in which white kids in Minneapolis are mostly doing fine while less than 30 percent of black and Latino kids are working at grade level; less than 48 percent graduate on time, etc.

Children of color now make up 67 percent of our enrollment in Minneapolis. (Vocab reminder to the Greatest Generation: This why we can’t call them “minorities” any more.) So you’d think the mass failure of the majority of the city’s school children would be a moral emergency. As in something that demanded bold action.

After all, if white kids were failing at these rates, we’d have already redesigned the schools to work better for them. We’d have changed the teachers, administrators, length of the school day or year or curriculum and anything else. Because if white kids were failing en masse, we’d demand a big fix of the education system.

But when nonwhite kids are failing, we tend to instead discuss how to fix brown children and their allegedly … ahem … chaotic families, which is white code for screwed-up. This is an attractive discussion for us because:

a) We get to feel compassionate and superior at the same time, which is always a rush;

b) Poverty and chaotic families can indeed hurt academic achievement. (Note to Republicans: You’d have more credibility on education reform if you stopped trying to shred every social safety net.)

c) It plays into one of the oldest and most unexamined American beliefs — namely that When Bad Things Happens To People of Color, It’s Mostly Their Own Fault, (IMTOF) which runs from our early origins up to the present. Hence the idea that Africans were mentally inferior and thus fit for slavery. That Michael Brown shouldn’t have been walking in the middle of the street. And that brown kids fail because their chaotic, screwed-up parents don’t value education enough.

A rush into resignation

Unfortunately, when white people blame the achievement gap almost entirely on poverty and dysfunctional families, they don’t tend to rush into bold action. Instead, they rush into resignation. Which is understandable. Most of us don’t believe poverty will end in our lifetime. And we don’t know how to fix our own dysfunctional families, much less anyone else’s.

So with all of these assumptions, it’s easy to quietly conclude (consciously or not) that the academic failure of black and Latino kids is tragically … normal. Brown kids flunk out. They’ve been doing it forever. It seems to naturally happen, sort of like the law of gravity. And until the coming of Scandanavian-style socialism (which I’m all for), we can’t do much about it.

This is a classic white liberal approach to the achievement gap, which conveniently lets our public institutions, our political leaders and our own culpability as voters off the hook.

Let’s ponder this politically for a minute. In Minneapolis, we have a publicly funded school district with a $543 million annual operating budget that delivers starkly different outcomes based on race. As a lifelong DFLer, I’d expect my political tribe to be all over this issue. After all, we’re the ones who proudly march for voting rights and gay marriage and go to all those Martin Luther King Day breakfasts. Yet our DFL leaders continually defend, protect and enable a status quo whose results resemble those of the Jim Crow era.

Why do they do this?

Sure, the teachers unions play a big role. They are the biggest contributor to Democratic candidates and causes. They can act very much like the National Rifle Association when it comes to blocking even the most common-sense reforms. But I think the real problem goes far deeper than this.

Through the lens of history

“America was built on the preferential treatment of white people — 395 years of it,” wrote Atlantic Monthy editor TaNehesi Coates, in his recent award-winning article on reparations. “Vaguely endorsing a cuddly, feel-good diversity does very little to redress this.”

Let that first sentence sink in. Coates is not talking about individual, conscious racism. He’s talking about 400 years of discrimination baked so deeply into our collective DNA and public institutions we don’t even see itwhich is precisely how white privilege works. If Coates is right — and I think any serious reading of history backs him up — this preferential treatment also applies our public schools and their unions.

In Minnesota, our schools were basically created by white middle-class people, for white middle-class people and employ mostly white middle-class people. (Ninety-six percent of our state’s teachers are white, even as children of color now make up 28 percent of the enrollment. In Minneapolis, about 85 percent of our classroom teachers are white, even though 67 percent of their students are not.)

In addition, current school rules, policies and contracts are decided by … Lord, this is getting repetitious … mostly middle-class white people. Poor parents of color do not sit in our legislature, school boards or union negotiating committees. In Minneapolis, liberal white DFLers occupy almost all those seats

Unsurprisingly, white middle-class children and their families tend to thrive in a system designed around their needs. In Minneapolis, white middle-class kids tend to have the highest-paid teachers and the best access to advanced courses, performing arts and extracurricular activities. They are also far less likely than kids of color to be suspended, expelled or identified as emotionally disturbed or mentally disabled.

I am not arguing that public schools in Minneapolis were deliberatelyconsciously set up for the preferential treatment of middle-class white people. But pragmatically speaking, that’s how the system works on a daily basis.

Harder to justify

This was easier to ignore or justify back in the day when the vast majority of students were white and doing OK. But it’s harder to morally justify when the majority of students are now low-income kids of color and systematically failing. I mean, the whole system starts getting this antebellum vibe.

Anyhow, add it all up and it’s a little weird that we progressives spend so much time talking about fixing brown people as opposed to the public institutions we’ve created for them and still control.

In Minneapolis, we actually, honestly could change our schools to work better for our kids of color. But this would involve asking mostly white middle-class administrators, teachers and employees to change their work lives — i.e. their schedules, assignments, job locations and even pay — around the needs, comfort and convenience of low-income people of color and their children.

And OMG, This. Just. Isn’t. Done. It’s also precisely where most of our DFL legislators, labor allies and a whole lot of white progressives suddenly jump off the social-justice and racial-equity bus. I mean, we’re willing to sing “We Shall Overcome,” denounce racism and march against poverty. But to go against the preferential treatment of white people especially when that means people like us or our friends or allies!?

Beige people, we’ve got some fixing to do.



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