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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 

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Chicano, Latino department running on last fumes, program leaders seek outside help

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With only one full-time faculty member, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chicano and Latino Studies is concerned for its future.

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Minnesota ranks fifth in student debt

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Chloe Laabs estimates it will take 20 years to pay off her student loans.

The Minnesota Student Association member and University of Minnesota biology, society, and environment sophomore said she’ll graduate with about $41,000 in debt.

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Equity Atlas calls for racial equity in labor market

The majority of Americans will be people of color by 2040, according to Policy Link’s brand-new National Equity Atlas. Through interactive maps, figures and charts, the Atlas illustrates the country’s current and projected racial demographics, and inequalities. But most importantly, this new online tool reveals the economic benefits of including diverse populations in the labor market. Minnesota, and the nation, cannot afford their exclusion.

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MPS puts all Black and Latino suspensions under review to combat discipline bias

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) newly announced “aggressive steps” to reduce Black student nonviolent suspensions are now in place.

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Lao American students and why social capital is important

Lao parents play a significant role in students’ academic success, even if they feel they don’t have a lot to contribute because they didn’t attend U.S. schools, speak fluent English, or fully understand American higher education systems. -Dr. Krissyvan Khamvongsa Truong

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Stages of grief: A teacher's struggle

In a recent article in the StarTribune by Greta Callahan, kindergarten teacher at Bethune School under the title “Walk A Mile In My Teaching Shoes,” we read this description of one way teachers are evaluated:

“Observations also involve the observer walking up to students asking what they are doing. Even my 5-year olds, who may have just started school, get asked this question. The student is supposed to regurgitate the ‘I Can’ statement that correlates to ‘Focused Instruction’. The usual response, though, is something along the lines of ‘math’ or ‘Jaden took my crayon!’ “……

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Hayden-Champion ethics complaint process delayed

After the second hearing as part of the ethics complaint against Democratic State Senators Jeff Hayden and Bobby Champion, the process has been placed on hold. The complaint, filed by six Republican Senators on September 24, consists of two major allegations:

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Kaler agrees to meet with University of Minnesota group 'Whose Diversity?'

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After a student group raised criticism on the University of Minnesota’s commitment to diversity, President Eric Kaler has plans to confront their concerns.

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New data demonstrates struggles without higher-ed credentials

Louis Johnston, a new policy fellow for Growth and Justice, has produced a timely and cogent analysis of labor market data presented at last month’s Minnesota Economic Association annual meeting. As Johnston writes here and here, both markets and public policy are falling short for those lacking higher education credentials.

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