Baby Steps: Minneapolis Public Schools Work to Bring Back Somali Students

Alleen Brown, Daily Planet, February 20, 2012

January 19’s Soup with the Supe event began with a song and dance performed by students from Whittier elementary school. The kids sang in Somali before a crowd of mostly Somali parents and community members, who were gathered to share a meal and participate in a question and answer session with Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson.

The event, held at Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, was one of several steps Minneapolis Public Schools are taking towards a more productive relationship between the district and its approximately 2,000 Somali-speaking students and families.

The steps seem small compared to what Minneapolis and other district schools are up against. One in three Somali-speaking students in the metro area attends a charter school. It’s a problem for a district like Minneapolis that’s working to raise its enrollment numbers. And it’s a problem for community members concerned that charters don’t prepare students for college and the work world—an issue that’s debated heatedly.

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But it also may be a sign that the districts are doing something wrong. The questions posed at the Soup event represent the range of concerns that lead some families to choose charter schools. One man asked why Minneapolis employs so few Somali bilingual staff. A couple parents said they’re worried that kids are losing their Somali language. How are schools ensuring cultural sensitivity when labeling students as special ed? How will MPS make sure every student can read by third grade?

Community members interviewed for this article said parents don’t feel welcome at district schools, charters help Somalis preserve their culture, Somali kids are not academically challenged at district schools, district schools are less safe and too big.

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{snip} In the 1990s, when Somali students first arrived in Minneapolis schools, the district hired a number of Somali educators, including teachers and education assistants.  Word spread that education was good in Minnesota, and according to some sources, that rumor drew more Somali people to the Twin Cities.

Then came education budget cuts and mass lay-offs starting in the early 2000s. Since Somali teachers and education assistants were the newest, they were among the first to go. Around the same time, charter schools began opening, and they absorbed some of the laid off teachers. Somali families followed.

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In December, the multilingual department presented a new plan to the school board. Instead of pulling kids out of the classroom for ELL, an ESL teacher is more likely to go into a classroom and co-teach with the classroom teacher. Teachers are encouraged to promote a higher level of verbal interaction, where students regularly produce academic language. The district is in its second year of implementing co-teaching, and they’ve hired 50 new ESL teachers, some part-time.

The department is also developing stronger heritage language programs at Sullivan and Pillsbury elementary schools, to help students develop their Somali language.

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  • How do people from Somalia end up in Minnesota?

    Two words:  Lutheran Charities.

    • JackKrak

      Four words : liberal do-gooder Minnesotans

    • blight14

       I had lunch with a fellow dentist about a year ago, he is of the Jewish persuasion. He couldn’t stop talking about how he and his associates were working very hard to bring the ‘wonderful Somalis’ to our city. You would have thought he had discovered a cure for cancer-he was that colorful and excited. So this sickness isn’t limited to the Catholics and Lutherans……

      • It is just naivety and greed with the Lutherans and Catholics. It is deliberate using of another race as a tool to weaken the White race and their nations with the jews.

    • fuzzypook

      Funded in large part by taxpayers.

  • Boereseun

    Folly

  • tickyul

    Another sign this country has gone insane.

     Yeah, let’s bring in refugees from 6th world countries…..lol, they are going to be a real big plus for this failed nation.

  • crystal evans

    As a grandchild of immigrants, we went to school to learn English and other school subjects to help us succeed in society. Any cultural training was held after school when I and many other children went to Japanese school. Chinese children in San Francisco go to Chinese school after school. These after school programs never interfered with our learning in public school. If the Somalis want to have their kids keep their culture, they should do the same and not expect the public school to do it for them.

    • Anan7

      What they should really do is go back to Somailia instead of bringing all of their troubles here.  Somalis are among the most destructive breeds of Africans.  Look at what they have done to the Puntland and the surrounding ocean with their piracy.  The Russian Navy has put them back in their place though.

      Bringing these people to America is an “epic fail”.  David Duke pointed out that the Bible is perfectly accepting of ethnic separation and that it is a good thing.  I don’t recall the verse, however.

      • “God divided man into nations, tribes and tongues” is the quote. Somalia is a nation, let them make it a nice place to live.

      • the russians definitely know how to deal with somalians. one of my favorite videos on youtube is ‘From Russia with Hate’. that’s the way to deal with invaders.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          The Ukraine too.

          Guess they didn’t get the message about “diversity” being a strength and multiculturalism as something desirable.   Could it be that the Ukrainians wish to keep the Ukraine for Ukrainians?

          In the Ukraine, people with “exotic” appearances are being rounded up and held indefinitely in detention centers for deportation.

          It has been widely acknowledged by UNHCR, IOM, ICMPD and other refugee assistant organizations that the Ukraine is not a safe country for refugees.

          Somalis transit the Ukraine attempting to reach the EU where their chances of being granted asylum are good.

          The European Court of Human Rights has already in Jun 2011 ruled that any native of Southern Somalia needs international protection and shall thus not be deported.

          http://franckduvell.posterous.com/ukraine-58-somalis-on-hunger-strike-against-i

          Don’t hold your breath waiting for the “European Court of Human Rights” to grant “International Protection Status” to White South Africans who are being systematically genocided by a racist black government.

          Bon

      • crystal evans

        I agree with you. I live near Shelbyville, TN, where there has been a lot of problems with the Somalis. They demand time during the work day so that they can pray. At one poultry plant, the leaders there cancelled labor day as a holiday and instead substituted two Muslim holidays. Christian employees protested and labor day was restored to the holiday schedule.

  • razorrare

    Howdo peoplefrom Somalia end up in Minnesota?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Muslim refugees, yes – Christian refugees, no Christians are in imminent danger across the world, and yet they are being refused refugee status, while Muslim refugee immigration goes on unimpeded.
    U.S. policy regarding refugee resettlement would shock most Americans if they only knew. The United Nations picks who gets to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world’s huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. And predictably, this U.N. body is favoring Muslims. Christians from Muslim lands are being refused refugee status.
    This is occurring despite the fact that in their home countries, under the Shariah, Christians face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs. At the same time, whole Muslim communities are entering the U.S. by the tens of thousands per month, despite the fact that in their home countries they face no religious persecution.
    This is no accident. We know that the U.N. is driven largely by its largest bloc of countries, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world. It is a religious and political organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization dedicated in its own words to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”
    It is horrifying but true that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the U.N. and many Western nations, including Great Britain. The U.N. claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugee status that is stipulated in Statute 6B of the UNHCR, which requires refugees to have “a well founded fear of persecution by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion.”
    Join Pamela Geller in her fight to battle jihadist initiatives in our local communities — read “Stop The Islamization Of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance”
    Is this why we expended incalcuable blood and treasure in Afghanistan? So that Christians would face persecution and slaughter? What was the objective? Shariah?
    UNHCR trends for 2006 indicated that worldwide there were more than 32.9 million “persons of concern,” including around 11 million who were designated as “refugees.” Most of these came from Somalia, Darfur in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan and Myanmar – all Muslim countries except Myanmar and Ethiopia (which has a huge Muslim population). That means that many refugees from these countries are non-Muslims seeking to escape religious persecution. But they are just the ones being denied.
    The U.S. ranks third among the world’s nations in the number of refugees we host. Since 1976, millions of new citizens have entered the United States as legal humanitarian refugees, according to reports from the U.S. State Department. The large groups of Somalis that have recently come to the U.S. are certified as “humanitarian refugees” under our State Department rules. Whole Muslim communities are imported into the United States. When they get here, they are supported by social services provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The cities that receive these huge numbers of refugees are determined by Refugee Councils.
    Read the rest.                                                                                                                                    

    • razorrare

      Humanitarian refugees have literally won the proverbial lottery. Typically, they receive green cards as resident aliens within a year of arrival in the U.S. and are eligible to become full U.S. citizens within five years, unless they violate our immigration laws, commit a felony or are deported. In the process, they are provided with cash stipends and social services assistance from federal, state, NGOs and voluntary agency contractors.
      But this lottery is not open to non-Muslim refugees. Back in October 2008, Muslim U.N. employees were “discouraging” applications for resettlement from the desperate Christian Iraqis. The Christian Iraqi population has since been decimated: Over half of the pre-war Christian population of Iraq has now fled the country.
      By buying into the argument that Islam is a religion of peace and ignoring the penalties for apostasy, we are sentencing thousands of Christians to martyrdom and forcing others to live in the shadows in dire poverty.
      We need to demand that our government provide protection and asylum for Christian refugees and converts from Islam to Christianity who are threatened under Islam’s death penalty for apostates.

      • Anan7

        These are all great reasons to dismantle the United Nations, which is only contributing to White decline.

        What would you suggest we do to stop this?

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        The Refugee Fraud industry is a PAID BUSINESS:

        Refugee resettlement organizations (known as Volags from ‘Voluntary Agency’) are paid well for their work by the tax payer. There are 10 main Volags with approximately 350 affiliated organizations throughout the country; many are run by former refugees.

        Below are some of the sources of income for Volags:

        a. The Volags receives $1900 per refugee (including children) from the State Department, half of which they must show went to the refugees.

        b. The Volag receives up to $2,200 for each refugee by participating in a U.S. DHHS program known as Matching Grant. To get the $2,200, the Volag need only show it spent $200 and gave away $800 worth of donated clothes, furniture or cars.

        c. The Volag pockets 25% of every transportation loan it collects from refugees it “sponsors”.

        d. All Volag expenses and overhead in the Washington, DC HQ are paid by the U.S. government.

        e. For their refugee programs, Volags collect money from all federal grant programs – “Marriage Initiative”, “Faith-based”, “Ownership Society”, etc., as well as from various state and local grants.18. The refugee program is totally immune from honest press coverage. Media reporting on refugees is filled with blatant factual errors and grossly understates the true cost of the refugee program. 

        The program is so lucrative that the Catholic Church has dropped traditional charity works to put more effort into resettlement. It uses collection offerings to promote the refugee resettlement program.

        http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

        All hail and kudos to Ann Cochoran for her site, Refugee Resettlement Watch.com, a truly important site that keeps Kulaks like us informed as to how our government is destroying our country. Long may it be in existence.

        Bon

        • Rocky Mountain

          What’s with the “watch.com” B.S. that just sends one to a site trying to sell watches?

        • razorrare

          Thank-you for adding that information.That is all i was doing when i posted Pamela Geller’s article,”Muslim Refugees,Yes-Christian Refugees,No,” in response to Hermans question,”How do people from Somalia end up in Minnesota.” The most important info that i wanted readers to take away from her article was this….The United Nations picks who gets to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world’s huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. In regards to  opinions expressed by her within the article those are not my thoughts or opinions.I greatly respect her for what she has done to protect “free speech rights” as i do for Yeagley,whom both brought lawsuits against the haters of free speech, who had shut down conventions by both Pamela Geller and Jared Taylor.

  • Bernadeia Johnson looks like Jabba the Hutt. A couple [of] parents said they’re worried that kids are losing their Somali language … oh dear, does that mean the students won’t be able to study all that classic Somali literature? Never mind, they can enjoy the koran in ebonics instead. I’m pretty sure the supe won’t mind. 

    • Christopher_Nelson

      Don’t make fun of Somali literature. You have obviously never read such classics as

      “My first Zebra”
      “The Fly lovers cookbook”
      ” Pirating 101, Abebe’s Secrets revealed”
      “Safwani’s first ritual genital mutilation”
      ” Worshipping Allah in the 21 first century, a spiritual guide to the Somalian on the go”
      ” Adongo’s  lawbook”, essays on the law, including the popular “Why rape should be legal”
      ” So you want to be a Dictator?”
      ” Lip Plate, Masika’s Journey”
      “Understanding Dung”

      And my personal favorite. “Run, white boy, Run!”

      • Prima_Morte

        You forgot the field manuals for the AK-47 and RPG-7.

      • blight14

         LOL!

      • Rocky Mountain

        Funny, you don’t look white.

    • JackKrak

      The only thing a Somali needs to be able to read is the instructions handed out by the US embassy on how to apply for refugee status.

      • Anan7

        I disagree.  The only thing a Somali living outside of Somalia needs to be able to read is the plane or boat ticket back to Somalia.

  • MartelC

    it’s intentional – the UK is a good microcosm of the US -and their papers are less hampered by PC. A few years ago, a paper published a story about a UK /eurocrat official who warned that several towns in the UK were ‘dangerously white’ – to diversicrat/secular marxist/globalists – indeed 95% white Minnesota is ‘dangerous’ the ‘solution’ is to ship in ‘refugees’. 

  • sbuffalonative

    I ask the same question in regards to Puerto Ricans moving to Buffalo, New York.

    Why do they leave a tropical island paradise to suffer through 6 months of harsh winter weather?

    However, I do know the answer.

  • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

    How will MPS make sure every student can read by third grade?

    My wife read Little Women in second grade.  My 15 month old can correctly and consistently identify 1/3 of the letters of the alphabet.

    It’s the raw material that’s the biggest factor.

  • ograf

    I have had the good fortune for most of my adult life to choose the community in which i live.  My last and to be my final choice is to be Fargo, North Dakota as they have a great sense of community and of working together in times of crisis,  i.e.  the flood,  (not one TV was stolen, but a million and a half sandbags were filled),   I digress,  Not even wanting to be political but just wanting to be able to choose where and with whom I live, I am now encountering problems here in Fargo.  A place no one from Africa, much less (somolia) would ever choose to come to.  And now they are affecting the crime rate here as well as law enforcement  , (must have interperters you know).  Why oh why we ask,  the answer was given before and was correct,  for some reason Lutheran Social Services seems to think they can buy their way into heaven by helping these refugees ? I cannot swear to this, but will bet that the neighborhoods these people are herded into are a long ways from the Lutherans house on the prarie.

    I have been pushed far enough, despite the fact these somolian people are rude, crude and obnoxious, and smell very bad I am drawing my line in the sand.  I will take classes or whatever one has to do to carry a loaded firearm.  And I pray I am never accosted by anyone.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    School administrators are modern alchemists. If we can just add a little splash of potion X and a pinch of reagent Y we can turn lead into gold. Just a little more Head Start, a good dose of bilingual education and a free laptop program we can turn Somalis into Scandinavian-stock Minnesotans.  Sure it’s never been done before, but just think of the rewards to be had by transmuting such base metals into 24-karat acumen. So instead of accepting the facts plain before our faces (the physics and chemistry of metals or the biology and psychology of race) we plod along, decade after decade, failure after failure, just dreaming of the fame and fortune of impossible success. Reality be damned.

  • Prima_Morte

    The bottom line here is that these creatures have no business on this continent. Get them OUT!

    • blight14

       Agreed, hey, how about importing a few hundred thousand Sudanese, a few truck load of Ethiopians, etc……..its akin to inoculating yourself with the HIV virus, the outcome is the same…..WHO in the *&^% makes these senseless decisions?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Minneapolis Public Schools are taking towards a more productive relationship… approximately 2,000 Somali-speaking students and families.

    I cannot think of a more wretched or worse group to bring into the US than Somalis, except perhaps Haitians. Not a single one belongs here and I am convinced black refugees from the most depraved parts of the world  are being used as pawns to destroy White America as a part of the government-sponsored ongoing War on Whites.

    As for Somali and any/all other refugees: 

    *The US has admitted 83,991 Somali immigrants/refugees to the US in the past 25 years.  More than half, 43,682, since September 11.   The average Somali family has six children.

    *Refugees, successful asylum seekers, trafficking victim (U-visa) holders, Cuban-Haitian entrants are eligible for ALL federal, state and local welfare programs 30 days after arrival.  Access to US welfare on the same bases as a US citizen has made the program a global magnet.

    *Refugees receive waivers for diseases such as HIV and TB.  Refugees are major contributors to TB rates and half of all TB in America is among the foreign born. 

    *The leading source countries for refugees/asylum seekers  in order of admission are Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Iran and Somalia.According to the 2007 paper, The New Face of America’s Refugees:  African Refugee Resettlement to the United States,  the CBC, black congressional caucus, was identified as one of the most influential groups advocating for increased African refugee resettlement to the US.

    Source:  refugeeresettlementwatch.com, Fact Sheet, 2010.

    http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

    According to the fact sheet, the UN refers 95% of refugees coming to the US.  Until the late 90s, the US chose the majority of refugees for resettlement. 

    The refugee/asylum/”victim” scams are evil, fraudulent programs that need to be shut down immediately with all refugees repatriated to their respective country of origin.  Refugees are being used to ruin White communities by destroying schools and neighborhoods and used to bankrupt local governments.  This is another outright assault on White Americans and White American Culture.

    I see it no other way.

    Bon

    • Well said Bon! There is
      no way this is not a deliberate effort on the part of our government to wage an
      all out assault against White Americans with 4th world ingrates. Minnesota of all places!
      One of the Whitest states in the country, and my fathers’ home state! Forced
      diversity and multiculturalism whether you want it or not, with some of the
      lowest life forms on this planet.

      Somalis in Minnesota is akin to
      releasing elephants at the North Pole. They do not belong there!

  • slobotnavich

    What nation, not possessed by a collective insanity and already afflicted with many millions of black Africans, who are the least productive, most crime-ridden, least intelligent, most likely to be on welfare citizens in the nation, would then invite many more of these black Africans to come here from the hell-hole that they’ve created in Africa?

    Have we lost our collective minds?!!!

  • razorrare

    Moderator..I want an explanation why my last post was not allowed.Do we need to copy and paste each reply we spend time on to post to ensure it gets posted??? Something strange is going on in these pages of amren..if we cant trust the moderators to be fair and unbiased in posting comments whats the point of contributing here?

    • razorrare

      For now,i’ll accept it as merely being a glitch in the system.If so,please accept my apology.

  • Rocky Mountain

    I’m not in favor of any more immigrants period but “..African genes will kick in ..” is a little far-fetched.

  • “But it also may be a sign that the districts are doing something
    wrong. The questions posed at the Soup event represent the range of
    concerns that lead some families to choose charter schools. One man
    asked why Minneapolis employs so few Somali bilingual staff. A couple
    parents said they’re worried that kids are losing their Somali language.
    How are schools ensuring cultural sensitivity when labeling students as
    special ed? How will MPS make sure every student can read by third
    grade?”

    Not may, but is a sign that the district is doing something wrong. They are letting in Bantu retards. Somali bilingual staff? What, the rapists and murderers with 60 IQs are supposed to be educators now? “Ensuring cultural sensitivity” means not declaring people with IQs in the 60s and 70s as functionally mentally handicapped and clinically retarded.

    Ensure every student can read by the Third grade? It is impossible to even do that much with White native-born Americans so how hopeless of a cause is it to achieve that with 20,000 Bantu ankle biters?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Margaret:

    According to the RRW Fact Sheet:

    It has never been reported in the U.S. that 47% of loans made to refugees for transportation to the U.S. are unpaid leaving a balance of 450 million. Include interest on some of these unpaid loans and the unpaid amount is well over a billion.

    Bon

    • In other words, these people start creating debt before they ever set foot on US soil. I pray that one day, those responsible for destroying this country will be held accountable in a court of law.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How do people from Somalia end up in Minnesota?

    The refugee industry is a LUCRATIVE BUSINESS.  Bogus organizations that work in the name of “humanitarian” or “religious” issues are lying, they PAID, and PAID WELL to resettle the most backward people from the most depraved areas of the Fourth World.

    Refugee resettlement organizations (known as Volags from “Voluntary Agency”) are paid well for their work by the tax payer. There are 10 main Volags with approximately 350 affiliated organizations throughout the country; many are run by former refugees.

    Below are some of the sources of income for Volags:
    a. The Volags receives $1900 per refugee (including children) from the State Department, half of which they must show went to the refugees.
    b. The Volag receives up to $2,200 for each refugee by participating in a U.S. DHHS program known as Matching Grant. To get the $2,200, the Volag need only show it spent $200 and gave away $800 worth of donated clothes, furniture or cars.
    c. The Volag pockets 25% of every transportation loan it collects from refugees it “sponsors”.
    d. All Volag expenses and overhead in the Washington, DC HQ are paid by the U.S. government.

    The program is so lucrative that the Catholic Church has dropped traditional charity works to put more effort into resettlement. It uses collection offerings to promote the refugee resettlement program.

    Tell everyone you know and STOP giving your hard earned money to organizations, especially churches and universities that work against YOUR White interests by importing and championing welfare parasites from the Third World to race replace you and your children.   Unless these organizations work in the interests of Whites and White Americans, zip your pocketbook shut.  I do.

    If you MUST give to something, donate dog or cat food to the local animal shelter or give to organizations that help destitute Whites in South Africa, such as Helping Hands:  http://www.helpinghandfund.co.za/

    Bon