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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 

COMMUNITY VOICES | What REALLY happens in Twin Cities schools and how the postcard propaganda misses the mark

Better Ed postcards feature photos on the front and text on the back, criticizing Minneapolis and other public schools. 

Dear Better Ed:

I live in Minneapolis and have gotten two of your postcards.  The photo on the first one (with the hoodie)  I found inappropriate and offensive. Perhaps your could have pulled it off successfully with different print on the reverse.  I think your second one may interest more people.   I certainly checked out your website as it was more intriguing.  But most of the language there has to do with school funding (being way too much) and Minnesota teacher pay (ditto).  Then of course I see the return address of Chaska and go humph! and roll my eyes a bit.   

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St. Paul teachers to rally Tuesday

St. Paul teachers took their message to this year's Winter Carnival Parade. (Photo courtesy of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers website)

Just days before a scheduled strike vote, members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will rally at school district headquarters.

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Sometimes surprising speakers at Mn Chamber of Commerce education conference

Given protests, both ahead of time and while the meeting began, there were several surprising presentations at a recent Minnesota Chamber of Commerce meeting on education.

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$3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school

$3.5 million is too much to spend to make sure low income children get to eat lunch at school. I wouldn’t have thought so either, but Sen Sean Nienow has shown me the light: “If the problem is that we have one or two or 10 or 50 or 100 or 1,000 kids that have a parent that [isn't] fulfilling their responsibility, well then let’s look at targeting the resources to fix that problem, and not spend it on all 60,000 kids.”

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Wanted: Educational change artists

I agree with Sarah Lahm in her article, “Protest Enlivens MN Chamber of Commerce Education Summit,” about “the lack of concrete, classroom-based policy ideas” at the event. I also attended.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | What's up with 2014 Minnesota legislative session?

The 2014 session will be quick. It’s slated for 13 weeks but rumor has it that legislators may finish long before that. However, this is a perennial rumor! By September 9, 20 bills had been “pre-filed;” by January 13 there were close to 300. Judging from all these interim introductions, expect hearings to be fast and furious!

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Controversial education maven Michelle Rhee riles up Minnesota

Controversial education expert Michelle Rhee, founder of Students First and former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system, brought her combative education reform rhetoric to Minnesota last week, drawing a vocal protest from opponents and challenging state educators to alter teacher seniority systems that Rhee said contribute to the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | In education, no decisions about us without us

On Thursday, February 6, 2014, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sponsored a discussion on the “achievement gap” for students of color.

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Minnesota schools deny lunches, too

A school in Utah recently earned headlines and outrage when staff seized and threw away the lunch trays of students whose meal accounts were empty. Students were sent away embarrassed and hungry. Now it’s our turn to be embarrassed, because many Minnesota schools do the very same thing.

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