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Police officers during a demonstration in Minneapolis on Friday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Minneapolis Public Schools announced Tuesday its board voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to end its contract with the city's police department following the death of George Floyd.

Details: The school board decided to terminate the $1.1 million contract because the actions of law enforcement after Floyd's death had "run directly counter to the values" of the district, BuzzFeed notes. Minneapolis Public Schools will not negotiate further with the police department.

Why it matters: It's a small win for protesters and civil rights groups that have long campaigned against having police in schools.

  • A 2018 Government Accountability Office report found black students in K-12 schools are disproportionately disciplined compared to other students of races.
  • A study from the Advancement Project, a nonprofit that focuses on racial justice issues, states: "Police in schools is an issue of American racial disparity that requires deep structural change."

What they're saying: School board chair Kim Ellison told the Star Tribune she values people, education and life. "Now I’m convinced, based on the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, that we don’t have the same values.”

What's next: The school’s superintendent is preparing a safety plan for the board's meeting in August, per the Star Tribune.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Sep 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rochester police chief fired following Daniel Prude's death

A make shift memorial at the site where Daniel Prude was arrested in Rochester, New York. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Monday she's fired Police Chief La'Ron Singletary and suspended two others following protests over the police killing of Daniel Prude, a Black man says after being hooded and held down by local police.

Why it matters: The firing of Singletary comes almost a week after he announced his retirement. Activists have called for Singletary's resignation after details of Prude's March death surfaced recently, the Democrat and Chronicle notes. Warren accused Singletary of failing to properly brief her on the killing.

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Taiwan leader confirms U.S. troops on island training forces

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei earlier this month. Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN Thursday that a small number of American troops are on the island for training purposes and she has "faith" the U.S. would defend the democracy against a Chinese military attack.

Why it matters: This is the first time a Taiwanese leader has publicly acknowledged the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island since the last U.S. garrison left in 1979, when Washington switched formal diplomatic recognition to Beijing.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.