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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

Race and suspension in St. Paul Public Schools

According to the 2011-2012 District and School reports by the Federal Office of Civil Rights, the percentage of St. Paul Public School students suspended vastly differs by race. This is especially prevalent in Middle Schools and schools with grades 6-12. 

According to the 2011-2012 District and School reports by the Federal Office of Civil Right

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Faculty at two Twin Cities colleges organizing into unions

Students at Macalester College showed their support for contingent faculty who have launched a union organizing drive.

With students and community members showing their support, contingent faculty at Macalester College and Hamline University announced they are seeking to unionize.

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Final pre-endorsement forum for Minneapolis school board candidates

With a theme of “Why We Can’t Wait,” current Minneapolis School Board member Tracine Asberry hosted a school board candidate forum at Martin Luther King Park on April 24. The forum was intended to address school board governance questions, and it brought together citywide candidates Rebecca Gagnon, Ira Jourdain, Iris Altamirano, Doug Mann, and Andrew Minck, along with District Five candidates Jay Larson and Nelson Inz.

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Some class sizes reduced in new St. Paul teachers' contract, trust an ongoing issue between teachers and district

SPFT President Mary Cathryn Ricker (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) and St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) both cite “seven community-developed priorities” in the three-year “landmark contract” that was settled last month and approved earlier this month. These priorities include smaller classes and hiring more teachers and staff.

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Minneapolis Public School Board video forum

This year, voters will elect two candidates to at-large school board seats, and one candidate to each of three district seats. To help our readers learn more about the candidates and the issues they'll be deciding on the school board, we invited each of them to our office to record a short video interview.

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House, Senate hash out University of Minnesota funding differences

Aside from the University of Minnesota’s multimillion-dollar request for construction and upkeep projects throughout its five-campus system, more state dollars are on the line this session.

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Minneapolis school budgets — and a parent's passionate plea

Minneapolis Public Schools community engagement session (Photo by Sarah Lahm)

When community members showed up for a "community engagement session" on the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) budget, ready with lots of input for the district, MPS officials said that allocations for the 2014-2015 budget have already been made. Apparently, the MPS community engagement was planned as telling community members what the budget was, not asking for their input.

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Minnesota mulls swimming lessons for all public school students

Hannah Lieder testifies before the House Education Policy Committee April 22 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Karen Clark, right, that would require aquatic instruction in public schools. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Swimming lessons for children in Minnesota are issues of wellness, civil rights and survival, said Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls).

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Telling – and considering – 'Untold Stories'

April and May 2014 mark the fifteenth year that the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, with the support of labor and community organizations, libraries, churches, bookstores, and foundations, has sponsored a series of labor history programs called “Untold Stories.” Each year a volunteer committee (in which this writer participates ) has organized talks and panel discussions, dramatic readings, films, tours, and singalongs, all free and open to everyone.

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Northeast College Prep looks at 2511 Taylor site

Organizers of Northeast College Prep school had hoped to have a lease hammered out before needing to go public with their choice of location, but the necessary city conditional use permit brought it to light.

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