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Both Harambee and Crosswinds have now found a new home. Harambee is being run by the Roseville school district and Crosswinds is being run by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Both schools supply transportation for students from the 10 EMID member districts, and both schools also welcome open enrollment students. Our schools are year-round, integrated, magnet schools which focus on arts and the environment. Enroll in Crosswinds today!

  • Crosswinds and Perpich to House Education Finance, 3/15 The next stop for the bill to shut down Perpich and (possibly) convey Crosswinds (HF1825 and clone HF1826) is at the House Education Finance committee this Wednesday, 3/15, at 1pm. Please make a call to your own representative and also consider quick calls to bill sponsors Jenifer Loon and Sondra Erickson. Let them know you ...
  • HF1825 Seeks to convey Crosswinds in 2018 Yesterday the House Education Innovation Policy committee held a hearing on HF1825, a bill sponsored by Representatives Jennifer Loon (48B, Eden Prarie) and Sondra Erickson (15A, Princeton) to abolish the Perpich Center for Art Education and convey Perpich and Crosswinds properties to other parties. By a 9 to 6 party line vote the committee approved ...
  • Saint Paul Public Schools may take over Crosswinds At a public meeting held by the Perpich Center for Arts Education at the Crosswinds School this week, a draft proposal was shared that suggested the Saint Paul Public Schools may take over the Crosswinds School. The draft closely resembled the terms under which the Roseville Schools took over Harambee in 2014. Under the draft proposal, ...
  • MPR: St. Paul could assume control of Crosswinds Solvejg Wastvedt reports for MPR that St. Paul has proposed taking over Crosswinds. In “St. Paul district could assume control of Crosswinds school” she reports: The plan would add an additional grade each year starting in 2018, eventually resulting in a 6-12 school. The proposal envisions maintaining current staff, although it does not commit to keeping ...
  • Public Hearing on Crosswinds, 2/23 The Crosswinds Task Force of the Perpich Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 7pm Thursday, 23 February, at Crosswinds Arts & Science School, 600 Weir Dr., Woodbury. The hearing is open to the public and is for the purpose of taking public comment on future alternatives for the operation of the school. Crosswinds ...
  • Susan Mau Larson voted chair of the Perpich Board At its meeting yesterday, the Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education voted for Susan Mau Larson to take over as chair. Susan, a former Crosswinds parent and organizer of EMID Families, will serve out the remainder of the term vacated by former board chair Pierce McNally last month. Perpich is in the midst ...
  • Perpich community forum Susan Larson writes… It has been a long time since we connected as a group. I miss all of you and our time together working to save our schools. I am reaching out to you now because our schools once again need help and I am hoping you can assist. As you know there have been ...
  • Attorneys are asking for a metro-wide integration plan Anthony Lonetree reports in the Star Tribune that “Lawsuit claims Minnesota fails to educate poor, minority students in Minneapolis, St. Paul.” According to the complaint, as more families of color have moved to the suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs, the state has permitted the drawing of boundaries that “deliberately increased segregation.” Hopkins, Bloomington, Burnsville, Osseo and North ...
  • The Imperative for 21st Century Learning, 10/2 Join Parents United to hear the latest on learning, relationships and stories. The last decade in education policy has increased demand for student and teacher accountability based largely on one metric: test scores. This allowed us to shine a light on gaps in achievement, but it has not proven an effective tool at closing those ...
  • Myron Orfield on school segregation/integration, 4/21 You are invited to a talk followed by discussion by Professor Myron Orfield on school segregation/integration in the Twin Cities at the League of Women Voters Roseville, Maplewood, Falcon Heights meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. April 21st at 7pm Little Venetian 2900 Rice St. Suite 240 Little Canada, MN 55113 For more information please see ...

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