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• Who's Teaching in Minnesota? - licensure, certification, demographics
• Focus on Teaching - curriculum, standards, testing, Common Core, Focused Instruction, Aligned Learning
• GED and Adult Education - programs, students, teachers
Minneapolis Five-Year Enrollment Plan
Achievement Gap 

School Discipline

Bill could boost funding for Somali youth

Ka Joog aims at  motivating Somali  youth "to take part in the civil aspects in our community and to pursue a higher education."

The funds would go to a partnership between the U and a nonprofit group.



Breakfast smoothies a hit at Cooper High School

Students at Cooper High School were given a new option on the breakfast menu last week, and if the first few days are any indication, smoothies have hit the spot. 


Minnesota college students face loan crisis

(l-r) Joyce Ester, Kent Pekel, Dean Barbara Butts Williams. Photos by Charles Hallman

Kids from low-income families, communities of color hardest hit by debt


Education Department bill hones in on reducing standardized tests

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius explains provisions of HF1591, a bill that contains the department’s policy proposals, during March 12 testimony before the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Photo by Paul Battaglia


Bloomington’s ‘Special Presentation’ on Black History involved no Blacks

Deb Meyer (at podium) with participants of The Historical Society and the Human Rights Commission of Bloomington Special Presentation on Black History Month. Photo by James L. Stroud

An all-White crowd heard about slavery and the Underground Railroad from an admittedly uninformed White presenter


St. Francis School District considers eliminating Columbus Day from calendars and communications

The logo used by Minneapolis honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

When Ursula Clarin’s  child came home from Kindergarten in the St. Francis school district with a worksheet about how Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, she was frustrated.


Student fees set for an increase

If the fees committee’s initial recommendations stick, student fees will increase by more than $30 each semester.

Next year, University of Minnesota students may have to dish o

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