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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

The Emperor's tattered clothes

Judging from the decibel level of parent and teacher complaints about what is occurring in St. Paul schools, you’d think the district administration and board members would be scrambling to address the concerns. Not so. Instead, they continue to march to their own tune, oblivious to what’s actually occurring in district classrooms. After all, they believe their new policies are working—it’s the carping stakeholders who can’t see the newly-wrought marvels.

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We remember Brown v. Board – now what?

Saturday, May 17, 2014, marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education. This landmark Supreme Court decision determined that separate schools for Black and White students unconstitutional. As I reflect on this case and subsequent decision, attention must be paid to the “v.” or verses that connects an eight-year-old African American student, Linda Brown, to public education during that time. This detail serves to remind us of the oppositional history that existed for Black students because all kids are our kids, and equally important, why this history deserves constant consideration.

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Macalester adjunct faculty fight for fairness

With ballots to be sent out on June 3, the debate on whether or not contingent faculty at Macalester College should unionize is getting heated.

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COMMENTS OF THE WEEK | The fight to keep co-teaching at Lucy Laney

The classroom teacher, sitting on the floor, is Scott Teigland and the co-teacher is Sarah Stark (standing.) (Photo by Sarah Lahm)

We return this week to issues highlighted at Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School in north Minneapolis.

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Film provides students' views on standardized testing

The on-going national debate on standardized testing features a lengthy list of pros and cons. Proponents often cite the tests as “reliable and objective measures,” “inclusive and non-discriminatory,” and claim most parents approve. Not everyone agrees.

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Minnesota rallies in support of abducted Nigerian girls

A protester at a May 10, 2014 rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota carries a sign condemning the enslavement of Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram. (Photo: Senah Yeboah-Sampong/Mshale)

A May 10 rally condemning the abduction of more than 200 students from a school in Chibok, Nigeria brought members of the state’s Nigerian population and the broader African Diaspora together in St. Paul. Held in the State Capitol rotunda, speakers at the rally voiced concern for the victims, questions about the Nigerian government’s level of accountability, and the potential role the United States could play in securing their return.

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Urban League Academy plans to keep school open

The Urban League Academy finds itself like most the of students it seeks to educate – fighting against the odds.

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Take notice: Nigeria abductions are not an anomaly

Like many other people, I am outraged by the April 14 abduction of hundreds of young girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria by the insurgent group Boko Haram. The group attacked again on May 6, kidnapping eight more girls–this time from their homes–to prevent them from attending school. While we do not know exactly where the girls were taken or how they are being treated, it is likely that many of them will be raped and sold into sexual slavery. Some of the girls are as young as 12, and as a mother I can only imagine the nightmare the girls and their parents must be living.

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