Secretary of U.S. Department of Education, John King, Jr., stopped by Division of Indian Work Friday afternoon to speak with our youth. He was joined by Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Special Assistant to the President, My Brother's Keeper at The White House.
By Erin Golden, Star Tribune: "Sitting around a table with the country’s top education official, a White House adviser, and the mayor of Minneapolis, young people of color from around the Twin Cities spoke frankly on Friday about their worries and hopes. They told stories about dealing with crime and drug addiction, shared concerns about interacting with police and wondered why it sometimes seems that their schools don’t offer the same classes and opportunities offered to their peers in other parts of their cities. The officials — on a brief tour of “listening sessions” that included a stop at the St. Paul school where police shooting victim Philando Castile had worked — promised that they were listening and ready to take action." - See Full Article
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges posted "Today I had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and the Director of President Obama's My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Michael Smith. We met at the Division of Indian Work for a roundtable discussion with Minneapolis youth to discuss the challenges they face and to commit to addressing a broad range of the most significant issues. They spoke unapologetically about their lives - they did not hold back in advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. I am continually in awe of the youth in our city. I want to thank Secretary King, Michael Smith, and the White House for their continued partnership in addressing some of our strongest challenges." - Mayor Betsy Hodges