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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

Achieve Minneapolis seeks graduation coaches

It comes as a surprise to some observers when they find out that the graduation rate in the Minneapolis Public Schools last year was just shy of 54 percent. That means almost half the students don’t graduate on time. And that number represented an improvement over the year 2012.

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Hamline adjunct faculty members vote to join union

In the first union-organizing election among faculty members at a private college in Minnesota, adjunct instructors at Hamline University in St. Paul voted to join Local 284 of the Service Employees International Union.

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Rethinking remediation

A recent study by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education indicated that over a quarter of students at Minnesota colleges and universities have been placed in a remedial course – a class for which they pay but do not receive college credit. At first glance, this appears to be evidence of public schools’ failure. But the story is not that simple.

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Two families say FAIR School fails to deal with bullying

Lisa Love vividly recalls watching the documentary film “Bully” with her sixth grade daughter in the fall of 2013. About halfway through the film, which features the experiences of young bullying victims, Love says her daughter broke down sobbing, saying, “This is what my life at FAIR is like.” Love knew then that she had to pull her daughter from the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School (FAIR School).

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Fear, danger, poor leadership cited as FAIR School parents, teachers demand firing of principal

Screenshot shows FAIR English teacher Thomas Rademacher, 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Parents at FAIR value the teachers and school, but strongly criticize the administrative leadership.

High teacher turnover. A climate of fear and silence. Children put in dangerous situations. A lack of oversight, governance, and responsibility. Extremely poor leadership and communication.

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New pathways for teachers of color

For students and families alike, seeing school reflect their identities and experiences is important. A key part is who’s in front of the classroom.

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University of St. Thomas adjuncts prepare for July union vote

Adjunct professors at the University of St. Thomas, the third group of St. Paul college educators to file a petition to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are scheduled to have their ballots sent out on July 3, according to Kelly Donahue, a St. Thomas adjunct organizer.

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Students urge training in finances, debt control

Students entering the University of Minnesota should have an orientation program to help them manage their finances and control their debts, said a report from a student group to the Board of Regents.

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University of Minnesota plans to become more engaged with its neighbors

University Vice President Pamela Wheelock said the opening of the Green Line through the campus and Stadium Village will forever change the campus. (Photos by Bill Huntzicker)

The University of Minnesota would promise to be a better neighbor to the communities that surround its Minneapolis campus under an “engagement” policy proposed to the Board of Regents on June 13.

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