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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

When education reform comes knocking

A young woman from the group Students for Education Reform (SFER) just knocked on my door and asked for me by name. She was out promoting Don Samuels for Minneapolis School Board, on behalf of SFER (and the 50CAN Advocacy Fund, I might add).

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ST. PAUL NOTES | CTEP: Mending chairs and relationships

(Photo by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva) CTEP member Hnou Vang teaches Me Mar, a Karenni refugee.

With six "very old" chairs, the elderly woman knew she needed some repairs. Trying out her new computer skills, she put "chair repair" into Google, and saw several repair shops within easy driving distance — and a website called "how to repair chairs." And, she proudly told her Computer Club friends, she followed the directions and fixed all the chairs herself!

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"Let's Celebrate our #BelovedCommUNITY" on Saturday, August 23rd

Join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual park event to honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s free celebration will include musical entertainment, kids activities, food vendors and the unveiling of the Beloved Community Project. Years in the making, the project includes a paved walkway, granite benches and landscaping around the Freedom Form II sculpture and a plaque marking its significance in the park. The Beloved Community Project was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Legacy Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association and Chicago Fire Arts and partially funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

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District 5 school board candidate Jay Larson fights political rumors

(Photo courtesy of Jay Larson)

“I think I found I am a Democrat,” said Minneapolis District 5 school board candidate Jay Larson. Democrat or not, Larson, who announced his candidacy at the beginning of the year has been battling rumors over who he is ever since.

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Minneapolis school board: Who are the 2014 at-large candidates?

Left to right: Iris Altamirano, Rebecca Gagnon, Ira Jourdain, Doug Mann, Don Samuels, Soren Sorensen

Seven candidates including one incumbent are running for two at-large seats on the Minneapolis School Board. The primary election will be Tuesday Aug. 12 and the general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4. The top four vote getters will advance to the general election.

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$7.9 million purchase expands University of Minnesota behind TCF Bank Stadium

Some of the unused land behind TCF Bank Stadium could sprout more research buildings as the University of Minnesota continues a slow expansion beyond the eastern confines of its Minneapolis campus.

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University of Minnesota celebrates completion of world-class NOvA detector

(Photo by Bridget Bennett) Members of a tour group take photos while observing the NOvA far detector on July 24, 2014, in Ash River, Minn. The 14,000-ton detector is one of the world's largest free-standing plastic structures.

A newly unveiled 14,000-ton neutrino detector built in part by hundreds of University of Minnesota students and staff is searching a kilometers-wide beam of particles for clues about the beginning of the universe.

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Crowded classrooms: Mapping it out

Minnesota has consistently ranked among the relatively low in terms of pupil-teacher ratios in recent years. However, the pattern shown on the map below reveals that even adjacent school districts can have dramatically different average student-teacher ratios. Thus, it is clear that there is no single cause for the variation in ratios across the state; race, income, and basic population density all come into play.

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Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive

Crosswinds School of Arts and Sciences in Woodbury

Last week, part one of this story described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over by another school district seeking to enhance its revenue and facilities. Following a legislative stalemate in the 2013-14 session, the takeover attempt failed and the school survived to continue its mission. This week’s conclusion describes the outcome of this struggle to date.

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Ending net neutrality: Greater higher ed costs

With more college students than ever jumping on the Internet, the issue of net neutrality is ever more relevant on campus.

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