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Some specific focus areas for our education coverage:

• 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

Group guides flow of foundation dollars to Mpls North Side

Tawanna Black has been the executive director of Northside Funders Group (NFG) since 2013. Although NFG has been around since 2008, she is their first executive director.


Twin Cities Hmong community seeks help in closing achievement gap

Advocates from Minnesota’s Hmong community want to ensure their children are not left behind as legislators continue to tackle the state’s well-publicized achievemen


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


Conferences and Connecting Communities

It's conference season, so now seems like a great time to talk about some of the events coming up in April that I hope will be of interest for many of my colleagues and students interested in educa


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

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