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Editorial: A new plan to attack Minnesota's unacceptable achievement gap
Jan 20, 8:23 AM: A pair of respected state leaders and a coalition of other groups think it can. It’s a well-intentioned effort that merits more discussion. The existing language on education could be stronger, but any change should >
Emotions run high as parents pack Minneapolis school board meeting
Jan 15, 6:47 AM: Frustration and anger spilled out as parents packed a Minneapolis school board meeting Tuesday night to voice concerns about the district’s emerging strategic plan that’s aimed at leveling the playing field for all >
'Right to education' amendment draws unusual partners Business, community leaders agree to 'disrupti
Jan 14, 7:30 AM: A roomful of community leaders and education officials seemed receptive Monday to the idea of changing the state’s Constitution to guarantee a quality public education for all.
Opinion: If constitutional amendment would bring on school vouchers — how soon can we pass it?
Jan 13, 7:20 AM: A wise friend once told me: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” Education Minnesota’s unfailing commitment to the failing status quo (and the millions of dollars it spends annually to elect politicians to defend it) is >
Counterpoint: My kids are 'actual students' and charter schools serve them best
Jan 10, 6:38 AM: As my daughters and I read “We must examine effects of school choice” (Jan. 2) by Steve Marchese, a St. Paul school board member, I couldn’t help but chuckle as he urged school choice advocates to consider effects on >
Minnesota teachers union opposes constitutional amendment to address achievement gap
Jan 9, 7:30 AM: The largest organization representing Minnesota educators announced Wednesday that it opposes a plan to change the state Constitution in an effort to narrow the state's persistent academic achievement gap. >
To close Minnesota's achievement gap, two leaders propose amending state Constitution
Jan 8, 8:02 AM: Alan Page, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, say a constitutional change has brought reform in other states.
Opinion: School choice advocates refuse to examine effects on actual students
Jan 2, 6:09 AM:

We should look carefully at how choice has created winners and losers and ask whether we, as a city and a state, are comfortable with these facts. We must also examine assumptions about competition and markets to >

St. Paul civil rights leader and educator Bill Wilson dies at 79
Dec 30, 6:05 AM: Bill Wilson, a civil rights activist, educator and the first African American elected to the St. Paul City Council, died Saturday. He was 79.
Opinion: Open enrollment, charter schools don't 'take' kids from districts
Dec 27, 6:53 AM: Under those laws, parents, not districts, decide where children will go to school. Yet the media and some district leaders and advocates continue to report the number of students that chartered schools have somehow “taken” >
Campaign to halt charter-school growth is stirring up a heated debate in St. Paul
Nov 20, 6:16 AM: Last spring, a group of St. Paul parents launched a campaign to halt charter school growth in their city. And they have already built a pretty influential list of supporters — one that includes school board members, City >
Education advocacy group takes issue with Minnesota licensing board report
Nov 15, 9:14 AM: A recent report released by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) has drawn sharp criticism from an education advocacy group seeking to increase the number of teachers of color in the >
Minneapolis schools to focus on grades K-2 students to close later gaps
Nov 15, 7:11 AM: Minneapolis School District leaders are trying a new strategy they hope will close the achievement gap between white students and students of color: doubling down on building students’ skills in kindergarten through second >
St. Paul group steps up fight against new charter schools
Nov 11, 7:05 AM: Members appeared before the school board recently to pursue support for a moratorium on new charter schools and the expansion of existing ones.
Opinion: Minneapolis schools need more teachers of color
Nov 7, 8:33 AM: Almost everyone agrees on the need to greatly increase the district’s ability to hire and retain talented, effective teachers of color. And yet, not much has changed. One of the big barriers to doing this in Minneapolis is >
Minnesota's ACT scores remain tops among states where most take the test
Oct 30, 4:48 AM: Minnesota students’ scores on the ACT college entrance exam held steady this year — enough for the state to hold on to its top spot among states where nearly all high school graduates take the test. >
Report ranks Minnesota among worst achievement-gap states
Oct 15, 6:50 AM: A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis finds Minnesota is one of the worst states in the country for education achievement gaps.
Editorial: Don't neglect the basics to boost Minnesota grad rates
Oct 7, 7:28 AM: While it’s a laudable goal, the effort must be pursued in concert with effective strategies to improve academic achievement. Though Minnesota is often praised for test scores relative to other states, those results can >
With Minnesota as a leader, continue supporting charter schools
Sep 23, 5:27 AM: With another school year commencing, it’s important and unfortunate to remember that public education in our great country lags behind the world.
Charting a new course: New Bemidji charter school opens
Sep 6, 7:06 AM: After multiple years of preparation since the idea first appeared on the scene, the doors of Bemidji’s newest charter school, Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners, have opened to its first round of students. >



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