Education coverage includes what's working, what's not working, how our kids are doing, how our college students are paying for their educations, the achievement gaps, teachers, students, parents, district schools, charter schools, private schools — and your contributions and opinions are welcome. 

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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

NEWS DAY | Hammering away at teacher tenure: Five facts about teachers, tenure and that California court decision

Is teacher tenure across the country at risk because of the June 10 California decision? Not yet — and not really. Here are five things you need to know about teachers, tenure and Vergara v.


COMMUNITY VOICES | What could be better than iPads for all St. Paul students?

An iPad for just about every student and every teacher? What could be better than that?


First thoughts on California teacher ruling

On Tuesday, a judge ruled against California’s teacher tenure laws. The ruling unleashed a host of emotional responses, from jubilation to despair. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here are some starting points, with more to come (including repercussions for Minnesota) early next week.


Empowering youth through digital involvement in North Minneapolis

Dr. Lanise Block believes that digital applications and digital instructions are powerful tools to engage students to learn. As the founder of Digital Empowerment Academy and an educator for 18 years, Block works with students, especially in North Minneapolis, to share digital tools and learning.


It's time for real public preschool access

The Star Tribune recently reported that there is a new push among the public, school district officials, and government leaders for improving pre-Kindergarten school-readiness programs. The push is bipartisan; there is a growing consensus that pre-K programs represent one of the best means of challenging the achievement gap in K-12 education. Enrollment improves learning capacity and accelerates childhood development.


OPINION | Opportunity gaps persist after college graduation

In roughly three months’ time, as classrooms fill and teachers work to engage and motivate their new charges, many students will hear a time-honored presentation on the importance of a college degree. College degrees, they will be told, increase your likelihood of getting a job, and they increase how much you will be paid over the course of your career.


Ex-St. Paul student returns to enliven a 'boring…broken system'

Throughout his youth, Darrail Hughes attended various Saint Paul Public Schools. Now, as an adult, he returns to give that same school district something he believes they’ve been lacking: an African American male who students can relate to as he relates to them.


Is there an app for that? Beyond MPS conversations and presentations

As one of nine Board members at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), this blog is a platform for my perspectives on community as a mother, teacher and policymaker. I do not speak for the Board; that is the role of the School Board Chair. Rather, this is an opportunity to find a space beyond the restrictions of a majority vote regarding governance topics. With this goal in mind, I present Why We Can’t Wait blog #2.


Can you get fired for talking to a reporter?

So, what’s it like working for the clampdown?

For the past few weeks, I’ve wanted to pose this question to my friends and contacts who work for the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).


Northside Forum builds alliances to bolster digital literacy

Forum participants engage in table discussion.

There was a time in our society when our relationship with technology was more like the Flintstones and less like the Jetsons.

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