Today, one of the few remaining banks that serves the Somali community in this way is Minneapolis’ Franklin Bank, part of Minnesota’s Sunrise Community Banks network. Because of the Twin Cities’ massive Somali community (and to the reticence of other banks), Franklin Bank has become a hub for hawalas across the country, overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in small-amount transfers to family members back home, and helping Somalia deal with a horrific famine crisis.
Chicago Public Schools should begin the school day with clubs or extracurricular activities to encourage kids to show up on time.
It should double the physical education students get — even if it means merely having kids climb stairs or take a brisk walk through the halls.
And to ensure CPS kids enjoy the “human right’’ to a daily “recess” from the school work day, parents should either volunteer to oversee recess or contribute to a fund that pays for school staff to oversee it.
Those are among the 49 ideas — some of them admittedly “controversial” — that 11 CPS teachers presented to Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard Monday, just as the nation’s third-largest school system debates what to do with the 90 extra instructional minutes promised in next year’s longer school day.
The 34-page written report of the 11 teachers actually represents the input of nearly 600 teachers who participated in a 20-day online discussion to answer the question “If you could redesign the school structure to best fit the needs of your students at this 21st century moment of rapid change, what would the school day, week and year look like?”
The question was posed by the not-for-profit Voices, Ideas, Vision, Action, or VIVA project, which aims to “elevate the voice of the classroom teacher’’ by serving as a intermediary between teachers unions and school districts on “topical” issues to advance education, said VIVA CEO Elizabeth Evans. National Lewis University staff also supported the effort.
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.”—Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett calls out David Stern for rushed training camp - ESPN Boston
“Around 20 bedouin communities between Jerusalem and Jericho are to be forcibly relocated from the land on which they have lived for 60 years under an Israeli plan to expand a huge Jewish settlement. The removal of around 2,300 members of the bedouin Jahalin tribe, two-thirds of whom are children, is due to begin next month. The Israeli authorities plan to relocate the families from the West Bank to a site close to a municipal rubbish dump on the edge of Jerusalem.”—
Rioters identified a range of political grievances, but at the heart of their complaints was a pervasive sense of injustice. For some this was economic: the lack of money, jobs or opportunity. For others it was more broadly social: how they felt they were treated compared with others. Many mentioned the increase in student tuition fees and the scrapping of the education maintenance allowance.